Getting the bug
This is one way how French horn addicts are born.
It’s not that Janelle Wigal doesn’t like sharing the stage with other French horn players. She just prefers them to be sitting behind her, especially the boys.
“[When I started], there were so many guys who played French horn, and then I would get in honor band and sit in front of them,” the 15-year-old said, smiling. “I thought that was the coolest thing ever.
“I’m very competitive.”
A legend passes
One of the greats in the brass world has passed.
He was to the classical trumpet what Louis Armstrong was to the jazz trumpet, raising it to the status of solo instrument and joining it to the ranks of the piano, violin and cello as a recognised concerto instrument.
Resource on practice habits
A superb web site, funded by the Sibelius Academy, devotes itself to the basics of practice habits, specifically for musicians. It is divided into seven parts, five of which – physique, ergonomics, practice, psyche and survival kit – offer a treasure trove of information to look over and think about.
French horn players are prone to twisting their body to the right. As a result, the thoracic spine twists, the rib joints become stiff, and the shoulder blade support deteriorates (esp. on the right-hand side).
- Scientific horn player
- Mellos doing their thing
- A wintry embouchure
- Good use for a trombone
- Bizarre mutt horn
- Konzertstuck rehearsal
It is your job to count
For may years I was a lazy measure counter. Playing lots of opera taught me better.
I recently played Così fan tutte with the Asheville Lyric Opera. … in particularly No. 25: “Per pieta“, which has some hair-raising horn parts. But for now, this is just a quick post inspired by all the counting of rests the opera involved.
First, an important point for any ensemble playing…
It’s YOUR job to count the rests.
A bedtime story
The French horn laughed at his own joke; he couldn’t resist poking fun at the flute. You wouldn’t know from the way he played – full of confidence and arrogance – but he was envious of the flute. Everyone loved the flute. No gloomy mood could withstand the velvet force of his lilt.
Using smart technology
Until recently I hadn’t truly realized how much I have come to depend on my smartphone (iPhone 4). I have gotten into the habit of recording/videoing practice sessions and lessons. The power of a 10 second video is amazing compared to a mirror. I use both, but a video seems to have more impact on some people. Recording a short excerpt, even on the pathetic iPhone microphone can be very eye-opening.
- Named Your Horn Yet?
- Opinion and Parody: The ‘New and Improved’ Louisville Orchestra
- Thoughts on ‘Quality’ and an Overview of Trusted Brands in French Horns
- Ask Dave: What Can I Do About a Horn that Plays Flat?
- Tips on Auditioning Horns, Part II: Mouthpieces, Leadpipes, Hybrids and the Schmid Double
- Tactics to Develop Sight-Reading
- Ultrasonic Cleaning FAQ
- Review: Houser Stainless Steel Horn Mouthpiece Rims from Houghton Horns
- A Look at Óscar Sala’s Warm Up and Ricardo Matosinhos’ Pocket Guide
- The Placebo Effect and Horn Playing
- On Performing the Konzertstuck, and being Ready to Play Horn
- A Community Concert, Students and Adults Together
- Make Your Own Custom Horn
- Trusted Brand Names of French Horns: Composite and Age Group Results
- On the NRIAG Report: 3 Aspects of Getting Fame and a Look at the Park Effect
- A Look at Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Romantic’
- Turning Points
- How to Test a Different Leadpipe on your Horn
Myron Bloom performs the first concerto by Richard Strauss.
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Trolling the long call.
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A docking station for an smart phone.
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How to maneuver the French horn in a U.S. Army ceremonial band. This is one part of a series of videos.
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If you know what the Nyan Cat is, it is time to get practicing.
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Romain Thorel gets a fever.
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