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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...

3 horn right hand position topics

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Poulenc Thinks Horn Players Might Drag

This coming weekend I am performing the Poulenc Sextet on a faculty recital at Arizona State, the recital of oboe colleague Martin Schuring. This...