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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...

14 books published on the horn, 2013-18

A question I recently needed to research was that of what books on the horn (and middle brass) have been published in the past...

7 Insights on Horn Professors, Tenure, and Symphonic Playing

Many horn students aspire to the careers of playing in an orchestra or college level teaching, and people who have done only one of...

A surprising truth about horn professors

Back a few years I wrote an article on horn professors and accurate biographies. Following up on that topic briefly, I’m one now! Full...

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: Tips Toward 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...