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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...

Of horns past, wistfully

* * * A short story from Lou "Gluefish" Wilson. * * * I used to love the 6D's I played with in high school. ...

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...

Quote from Benjamin Franklin

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. This is one good reason for visiting web sites like Horn Matters, reading horn-related texts...

On Incentive and Reward

This video raises a number of questions in terms of incentive and personal drive in music education and in the music business in general. While...

The thrill of inspiration

It is not often that one can point to a beer commercial as a beautiful illustration of intense, playful practice. This particular ad from Guinness...

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...

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...

Raising the Tribe

It is not fun when an organization you are in falls apart. It does happen sometimes. Companies fold. A chamber group breaks up. Workers...

Putting it into Perspective

Sometimes you just suck. Its one of those days where one or more things are not going right. It could be a physical problem -...