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

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...

A Study on Hand Position: Notes on the High Range and...

I found the link in Random Monday this week to a recent (2009) study very interesting, on the topic of hand position. The title of...

Lundy and a Professional Approach to 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...

“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...

Getting a Solid ‘Leg Up’ on Bell Support: Introducing the SockBlock

When playing within a section, I typically default to an on-leg position; I rest the bell of the horn on my right leg. The...

A Horn Right Hand Position Survey

A great new resource has been posted in The IHS Online, “Two Surveys of European Horn Playing Styles.” What you will find there are...

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...

123’s, just like ABC’s

On just about every valved brass instrument, the combination fingerings of first and third valves or all three valves together are horrifically out-of-tune. Trumpet players...