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More on The Art of (Slow) Practice

Back nearly ten years ago Bruce Hembd posted here a brief series (in two parts) on The Art of Practice: The Art of Practice,...

Rethinking the Warm-up, part 2

Recently I was pointed toward some relatively recent research that indicates that a less strenuous warm-up gets better results. For example, this article from...

Have more than one tuner

Not everyone out there is a fan of tuners. This fall I have been working on a specific warmup routine to improve intonation, and...

Change your tuner, change your life — and warming up to...

There are a number of tuners out there that go beyond the old basic Korg tuner that has been so standard for years. Students...

Developing a daily routine to enhance pitch placement

Last weekend I played a recital using four different horns (more here, all not my normal horn) and on three different mouthpieces (all not...

From the Mailbag: Why so many breath marks in Strauss 1?

We get a variety of questions and this one recently is one that I am sure is wondered often. I have a question that's been...

From the Mailbag: How to Play Solos Better

In the Horn Matters inbox this past week was this brief question: Hi! I'm performing these two pieces for a  exam next week. Any final artistic or...

What to practice for fun and improvement

The topic of practicing over breaks has come up several times in Horn Matters, with this article perhaps my most comprehensive on the topic....

Copyright week, part I: Never take Xerox music into a lesson

“Creative Enterprise” is a major buzz phrase in the musical world today, and relates generally to the idea that you want to actually make...

Warming-up before Farkas: Basic Technical Studies by Harold Meek

Recently I had a realization that so far as I can tell I don’t recall seeing a warm-up routine described in any horn publication...