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Four Tips for More Accurate Performances

College level horn students all over the USA are very aware that juries (performance exams) are just around the corner. With the goal of...

Quote of the Week–Fox on Tongue Position

Here is a topic that is very important to horn players but little discussed, tongue position changes by register. We have discussed the fact that...

Brief Thoughts on Hand Straps and Flippers

I get asked fairly often about “straps” and “flippers,” devices that aid in holding the horn in a more ergonomic manner. For years I...

Quote of the Week–Fox on High Range

I find this a very interesting description of how the muscles work, especially compared to the typical Farkas-oriented approach. The embouchure consists of two pairs...

Fingerings in the Low Range

A topic that comes up pretty often teaching is that of what fingerings to use in the low range, specifically in the range from...

Telemann Wrote a Lot of Music for the Horn

A few weeks ago a question came up on "the hornlist" about Telemann and his works for horn. Someone asked what else there was...

Quote of the Week–Hill on High Range

High range development is a topic that comes up with every horn student, and every horn teacher has his or her ideas as to...

What Horn Players Really Think About Trumpet Players

This week I led a brass sectional with the ASU Symphony Orchestra brass section. At the end of the sectional I was asked I...

“Caps” and the Horn Player

"Caps," the articulation mark that looks like an upside down "v" over a note, are a type of accent that is potentially problematic in...

Mouthpiece Placement on the Upper Lip

Working with a variety of horn students inevitably the embouchure comes up as a topic. An important aspect is placement on the upper lip....