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

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 Professional Approach to Horn Fingerings

This week we were fortunate to have a guest artist for our horn studio class, Johanna Lundy, Principal Horn of the Tucson Symphony. I...

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...

An Inside Look at Double and Triple Tonguing

Over a year ago the focus of an article on breaking the embouchure was an X-ray video of a horn player which showed the...

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...

The Eight Tongue Types

Working on my session that I will present next week at the Mid-South Horn Workshop I saw a reference to a discussion of tongue...

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...

Too Much for the Room?

One necessary skill for the brass player is learning to accurately gauge your volume to the situation. For excerpts I encourage students to play in...

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...

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...