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A Punto award, and 20 years of Horn Articles Online, a...

To many readers it probably seems as if Horn Matters has always been there. A university horn student of today has not known a...

Brief review: Rhythm Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

The Kopprasch etudes are a staple of horn (and brass) teaching, yet they are a conundrum; some love them, some hate them. Those that...

2 more secrets to improve accuracy

Nobody likes missing notes. Unfortunately, no one thing will improve your accuracy, as it is a combination of many small (often very small!) factors...

Mailbag: Exercises for increasing tonguing speed and improving transposition.

A student wrote in looking for suggestions of materials to increase tonguing speed (single and double) and also to improve transposition. The exercises I most...

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Hornmasters: Even More on the High Range

To close the topic of the high range we have quotes and tips from seven more classic horn texts. Harry Berv in A Creative Approach...

Thoughts on ‘Quality’ and an Overview of Trusted Brands in French...

As someone who works in marketing and advertising, I respect the value and power of word-of-mouth opinion. While big-name consumer brands - like McDonald's and Sony - manipulate popular...

The Vintage Conn 8D

Last week an article was featured on Cleveland.com, “Conn-Selmer Inc. turns out classic horns for world's best musicians.” Also last week I got back...

The Top Ten Orchestral Works for Horn (the last one might...

I recently had a question come in on what were the most important horn excerpts. Back when I was first at Arizona State I...

Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece (I): The Basic Parts

Part I: The Rim and Preliminary Thoughts Part II: Cup, Throat and Bore Part III: Weight, Plating and Shopping Tips For the past decade I have stayed...

French Horn Transposition Chart

A complete reference. Transposition Chart (PDF) (updated 2012) Over the past few months, I have been posting various transposition tricks, including how to transpose: A and...
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Pet Peeve: Know Your Tempo

Horn teacher pet peeve no. 3: students who don't know their tempo. By this I mean know what metronome mark you are shooting for in...

How to use a Sink Hose Adapter to Clean a Horn

In Arizona we have been hit hard this summer with a series of heavy dust storms. The most serious storm a few weeks ago was reported...

Site Updates: A Fresher Look and New Resources for Study and...

Just like with horn playing, the fine-tuning process for the Horn Matters web site is an ongoing, long-term project. We are always striving to broaden and improve...

PSA: How to Position a Hand Strap on your Left Hand

At least a half dozen or so times I have seen horn students use a strap-on type hand strap but position it incorrectly. This...

Horn Repertoire Week 13: The Modern Horn

As we approach the end of the semester it is again very clear that a course of this type cannot possibly cover it all. But...

Random Wednesday: Demotions, Scandals and Crushes

A Times critic gets demoted Apparently New York Times classical music critic Allan Kozinn is being re-assigned to a new beat. Alex Ross notes: Many in...
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