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The physical side of playing the horn ... beyond the embouchure

How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...

On the Dreaded C on the Third Space, the Best Note...

They have all been off the site for a while, but in the early years of Horn Matters there were a series of articles...

Intonation and Vowel Shapes

Since doing the interviews with Peter Iltis (MRI horn) last summer (more here) I have been pondering a related topic, horn intonation and vowel...

Break Project: Clean Your Horn

The topic of cleaning your horn has come up a few times in Horn Matters, Dave Weiner addressing the topic of having a shop...

On Dealing with New Compositions with Bad Horn Writing

A recent discussion on the Facebook Horn People discussion group brings up the topic of living composers and how they write for the French...

Why is my Horn Sharp?

One common question is that some models of horn seem to be built rather sharp, as in the main slide needs to be pulled...

On Effective Performances

For this article we dig way back into the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog to an article dated 11/9/05, posted under the...

On Oral Cavity Shape and Pitch Level

Recently on the Horn People group a question was posted that related to pitch centering, and what it was getting at I believe was...