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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"...

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...

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...

What Motivates Horn Players?

The question of motivations has long been of interest to me and closely relates to topics on which Bruce has written as well. Bruce...

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...

Mini-poll: Is it the ‘French horn’ or just a ‘Horn?’

This poll is now closed * * * Both John and I have written a few articles recently on the topic of the name of our...

Quote from Winston Churchill on Life and Living

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. In just about any relationship there is give and...

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...

Rethinking Creativity and Thoughts on Trying Softer

Where does it come from? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love gives an inspirational talk about creativity in this embedded video from TED. I particularly...

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...