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French Horn Transposition Chart

A complete reference. Transposition Chart (PDF) (updated 2012) Over the past few months, I have been posting various transposition tricks, including how to transpose: A and...

Transposition Tricks: Old vs. New Notation

A detailed description of bass clef notation for French horn. Since posting a blog on concert-pitch bass clef transposition, I have been getting a lot...

Horn in E-flat Means What?

One topic that has come up for me as a question a number of times over the years is that of horn in E-flat....

The Secret to the High Range: Teeth

One topic I mention to people in conversation periodically is that of trumpet players and dental modifications. I know to a horn player that...

Why “Old Notation” Bass Clef?

One of the reasons I love working on the Neuling low horn etudes with advanced horn students is they will not only work your...

Stopped Horn: Up or Down? Does it Matter?

In a past tongue-in-cheek article -- "How to Provoke a Horn Geek" -- I poked a little fun a some hot button issues in...

Transposition Tricks: Alto Clef

Sight-reading viola music. At some gigs, you never know what will be put in front of you. Some contractors are either ignorant or care less...

Fingerings Above High C

The topic of fingerings above high C for standard double horn came up for me last week in one of the master classes in...

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...

A Complete Reference for French Horn Transposition (2012)

In a few weeks John will be covering the topic of transposition in Week 12 of the University of Horn Matters pedagogy course. In the...