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From the Files: Mouthpiece Pressure in Horn Playing

With this article I begin a new series of articles for Horn Matters featuring quotes from print articles from not that long ago really....

Symmetry and Balance: 3 Reasons to Not Worry about an Off-Center...

A mirror can be a very useful tool in practice sessions. It is a great way to self-diagnose and to make adjustments that can...

From the Mailbag:”What Can I Do About Mouthpiece Pressure?”

K. asks: I have been working with my horn teacher over the last few months on changing my embouchure. The problem I had in the...

Question from the Mailbag: How do I Overcome Embouchure Lockdown?

I am an undergraduate at studying horn with . I read your article, "Valsalva Stuttering and Embouchure Lockdown", and I seem to be having...

Details from the ‘Embouchure Dystonia: Mind Over Grey Matter’ Video

A few days ago I posted an hour-long lecture video by Dr. Peter Iltis that spells out some of his research and personal experience...

Mouthpiece Pressure and other Tall Tales

I have argued that when mixing vague religiosity, sports metaphors and loose technical knowledge into a brass teaching method, there can be hidden dangers....

Interview: Jazz Hornist Mark Taylor and Notes on Embouchure Dystonia

Last weekend I noted that in Episode 120 of The Mellocast the topic of Focal Dystonia came up with jazz hornist Mark Taylor. There...

Random thoughts on ‘natural’ technique, embouchure study and sports analogies

Over the weekend I wrote a fairly lengthy response to comments posted on "‘Radical’ Embouchure Experiments, IV – Using a Visualizer" and thought that...

‘Radical’ Embouchure Experiments, IV – Using a Visualizer

The many slow-motion films and photo stills of brass player embouchures that have appeared online in the past few years illustrate for us the...

‘Radical’ Embouchure Experiments, III – Lip Buzzing

When it came to lip buzzing or free buzzing I was never very convinced of how it could ever benefit my playing, or others...