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Miscellaneous tips related to performance, practice, pedagogy, and repertoire.

Transposition Tricks: Bass Clef

An old trick for reading concert-pitch bass clef. Many times at freelance gigs, I am expected to play at sight all sorts of music -...

Why Does my Hand Turn Green?

It was a long weekend of playing, as evidenced by a green-stained right hand in the picture below. Have you ever wondered why this happens?...

Tips on Auditioning Horns, Part I: Carl Geyer, Paxman 25, Patterson...

My main agenda for the Southwest Horn Conference (SWHC) - besides hearing concerts and talking shop - was to play on as many horns...

Tips for a Successful Recital Poster

UPDATE: 10/19/2010 - a revised graphic and final word. This is the time of year when academic music performance majors are planning recitals. A big factor...

Tips on Auditioning Horns, Part II: Mouthpieces, Leadpipes, Hybrids and the...

At the Southwest Horn Conference (SWHC) a variety of Kruspe and Geyer type horns were available to try out. I currently play on a hybrid...

Tip of the Week: Play to the End of Time

Many years ago (in a location I cannot remember) I attended a concert of the Munich Philharmonic while they were on an American tour....

PSA: What is up with Baritone Treble Clef Parts?

We get questions that are not always horn related and in the fall I had a question about baritone treble clef parts. I believe...

Tip of the Week: Improving Transposition Skills with ‘I-IV-V-I’ Practice

One of the most popular PDF downloads from the Horn Matters site is a transposition chart, located within our Resources area. Roughly defined, music transposition in performance requires a player...

On Calculating Timings of Works of Music

I am working toward a trio recording project now, and as a part of planning for that I needed to come up with timings...

Lateral Tongue Technique

I came relatively late to multiple tonguing technique. As a young pup I had a pretty fast single tongue that got me through most...