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Brief review: Duet Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

Continuing with his Millennium Kopprasch series, the latest installment from Jeffrey Agrell is Duet Kopprasch. Stepping back a second, I believe many people have imagined...

PSA: How many mouthpieces should you own?

In my recent article of bad horn advice I suggested that a serious student of the horn needs to own at least 5 mouthpieces....

Does your lip touch your mouthpiece cup?

I had heard trombone players speak of this, their upper lip does enter the cup a bit and touches the cup when they vibrate....

Looking ahead in the online world of horn

As the year ends and it is always a good time to look back and look ahead, and especially so the online world of...

Apprenticeship: Practice and teaching insights

One thing you have to keep looking for as a teacher are insights into how to teach better and how to help students learn...

Bad horn practice advice, holiday edition

One topic that always comes up is what to practice after things wind down in December. My personal answer when I was a student was...

We sure use a lot of old resources in the horn world

Periodically I will see people on social media referencing Morley-Pegge for definitive information on horn history. As great a book as it was, the book...

Brief review: Preparatory Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

A very significant new publication aimed at the younger horn player (and their teachers) is Preparatory Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell. What Agrell has done is...

From the Mailbag: How to finger second line G on a single B-flat horn

This question actually came in now several years ago, and I answered it by e-mail, but it is worth noting here in Horn Matters...

Injury, pressure, dystonia, other playing problems

In episode 29 of the Horn Notes Podcast the topic centers around injury, including focal dystonia, mouthpiece pressure, and various playing problems, with some...