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Is the French Horn the Hardest Instrument to Play?

I can't say how many times I have heard or read this phrase. The presumption being that because horn players make mistakes and "crack"...

The Future of French Horn Playing

One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...

Deeper insights 5: Quitting?

As a final point in this series of deeper insights related to raising a handicapped child it would be this: giving up is not...

Horn playing is fun

Horn playing is fun! For some readers, they certainly agree, yes, it is fun! But for others, maybe not so much. It is an...

Imprinted on a Sound

Thanksgiving can be a time of reflection, and recently I realized a somewhat deep thought with respect to sound. Starting on a basic level, the...

Named Your Horn Yet?

This past week I helped my niece purchase a new flute. At the store the manager asked her if she had named her old...

A golden age for French horns

At the end of my recent article looking at Lechniuk horns I commented that We kind of forget what a golden age of horn production...

Innate talent? ‘No such thing’ says genetics author

For many years I held firmly to the belief that some people among us are extraordinarily gifted. They possess an extra serving or two...

Memories of Horn Calls Past: My First Issue of The Horn...

I joined the IHS when I was a senior in high school. In those days long before E-mail or Horn Matters the journal of...

Horns I’ve Played …

I have played a lot of horns. I switched to the horn in high school and first played a school 6D and then an...