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Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

Footnotes on the First Triple Horn

I was pleased to see my article, “Memories of the First Paxman Triple Horn,” in the October, 2017 issue of The Horn Call. It...

The question of water keys and horns

Here is a question you know you have wondered at some point: why are some horns constructed without water keys? It is a puzzle for...

Introducing the Horn Notes Podcast

Those following Horn Matters for a few years know that there are a group of videos on YouTube related to posts in Horn Matters....

On the Dreaded C on the Third Space, the Best Note on your Horn?

They have all been off the site for a while, but in the early years of Horn Matters there were a series of articles...

More on The Art of (Slow) Practice

Back nearly ten years ago Bruce Hembd posted here a brief series (in two parts) on The Art of Practice: The Art of Practice,...

From the Mailbag: Online Materials for High School hornists

One question that periodically comes (in various forms) asks about online materials that would be of use to high school hornists. Certainly, the number one...

Brief Review: An Inexpensive Natural Horn

With a small amount of funds available, I had an idea how to use them for something that would help the studio. What I...

5 Keys to Horn Success

It is human nature to be curious, what are the keys for success for famous people? The following are five keys to success I...