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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 Placebo Effect and Horn Playing

The mind of the horn player can be a complicated place, and one psychological principal in particular that has always held a fascination for...

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...

Quote of the Week–Yeo on Good Students and Good Teachers

As the year starts it is a great time to think about goals and how to reach those goals. Self evaluation is always in...

Turning Points

One turning point we horn players have in common is we all decided at some point to play and keep playing the French horn....

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...

What Makes a Performance Great?

Listening to music, looking at fine art or in appreciating a great meal, what is it that makes the experience great, memorable and...

Op Ed: On Critical Thinking and Bias

The topic of prejudice has come across the radar of late - on several fronts at once. Funny how that happens. Within Horn Matters, John...

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...

From the Mailbag: What Does It Take to “Make It”

This question was so beautifully written that I will leave it exactly as it came in: Hi there! I'm a Junior in high school, and...