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

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...

Thursday Topics: Hand Position

Today we have three short topics, all related to right hand position. The Beauty Queen and the Puppet  In the summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Notes from a Master Class with Gail Williams

My previous post on buzzing reminded me of another classic post from my original HTML blog not yet reposted to Horn Matters. Dated 3/6/05...

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...

Fingerings and Notations for the Single B-flat Horn

Exactly how to think of fingerings and notations for the single B-flat horn is a point of confusion for many music educators. I believe...