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How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up a number of times over years of teaching is the warmup, and more specifically how your chops should...

How to Practice Maxime-Alponse Book 6

One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long....

Dimes, part III

Twice before in Horn Matters we have turned to the topic of Dimes: Why You Might Need Dimes Got Dimes? Which brings us to Part...

Tilt, the Secret to Mid-Low Range Power

People are always looking for horn secrets. One difficult range for many players is the “cash register” just below the staff, getting the notes...

Book Excerpt: Playing More Musically

Every so often I get a big idea. A recent one was to update the best of my publications into new editions and sell...

Blog: Facebook, and Horn Makers, Dealers, and Publishers

When Horn Matters was starting out in 2009, our articles, posted to Facebook, went out to a large number of people on their news...

Orchestra 101: A New Publication on Auditions and Orchestral Playing

Horn Matters readers may recall Orchestra 101, a series of over 20 articles looking at the positives and negatives of freelancing and orchestral playing as...

Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...