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

On Holding the Horn and Tendinitis

Bruce Richards posted an article very recently to Living the Dream on the topic of horn player tendinitis. Richards and I go way back...

From the Mailbag: What is the Full Range of a Descant...

A question came in that wondered if the descant horn can play an octave higher than a standard double horn, with the implication that...

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...

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...

From the Mailbag: Section Seatings/Community Groups

When I think of summer part of what I think about is playing summer band concerts in the park. That thought reminded me of...

Fingerings in the Low Range

A topic that comes up pretty often teaching is that of what fingerings to use in the low range, specifically in the range from...

Gail Williams on Free Buzzing and Right Hand Position

A topic in a number of lessons this week has been right hand position. Something I referenced in these lessons was the quote in the following post,...

Epstein on Tonguing and Vowel sounds

This week a topic that has come up in lessons is that of vowel sounds and articulations. The only teacher I had that talked...

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...

The “Right” Fingering (I)

The whole vs. the sum of its parts. The French horn's valve and tuning slides work together as a comprehensive system. Small tweaks and compensations...