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

“Tut” for a Short, Crisp Staccato?

Scott Whitener in A Complete Guide to Brass notes that The so-called tongued release does have its place…. Professional players often make use of it...

Putting the Slides Right

Another article from the original HTML Horn Notes Blog, dated 2/3/05, on a timeless topic. One of the advantages of studying with a competent horn...

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...

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...

Understanding Stopped Horn

Tucked away in a corner of Horn Articles Online for many years was an article on Understanding Stopped and Muted Horn and Right-Hand Position....

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...

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...

Before Farkas: Anton Horner on Tonguing

Kendall Betts in a recent post to the “Ask the Pros” section of the IHS website pointed out a great quotation on tonguing from...

One Cause of Focal Dystonia in Brass Players

One of the most serious problems a brass player can face is that of an embouchure dystonia. Why it is such a hard problem...

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...