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

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...

Horn Secrets: Putting Conventional Wisdom to the Test

A week from today I will present a session at the 2012 Southwest Horn Conference with the title “Horn Secrets: Putting Conventional Wisdom to...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Taking Time Off from the Horn

As suggested by the pictorial piece last Friday of a horn case going into a closet, I am taking some time off from the...

On Playing Perfect Intervals and Horn Fifths in Tune

To a certain degree a principal horn is only as good as the second player that supports him or her. A key element in...

Extreme Tonguing Techniques

One overall thought from recent auditions and horn performances I have heard is that tonguing is one of the most important technical areas to...