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

A Coat Tale; Impact on Sound

This article was first posted in the original HTML Horn Notes Blog way back on 9/20/2004 but the topic is timeless. I gave a recital...

Tips on Auditioning for a Summer Festival (or anything else)

Yet more very timely insider information on taking auditions, in a post from the original HTML Horn Notes Blog dated 3/25/05. Another little project for...

The Tips Article, Part III: Performance

In the original HTML version of the Horn Notes Blog (before October of 2006—one of the predecessor sites of what became Horn Matters) I...

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....

Tip of the Month: Fingerings in the Low Range

One interesting corner of The IHS Online, the website of the International Horn Society, is a section of tips of the month. I was...

Tip of the Week: Think About the Ends of Notes

I had a teacher long ago tell me that when it came to producing quality notes on a musical instrument, there were four parts...

Is it a Reality Show? Tips on Auditions

This article of tips on taking auditions was originally posted to the site in early 2009, but was later cut (along with a large group...

Accuracy Tip: Watch Your Fingers

Over the years one thing I have noticed in watching students is that a percentage of missed notes have to do with how your...

Tip: Teaching Younger Students to Practice

One thing you figure out pretty quickly is that some students don’t practice and others don’t practice effectively. Part of the problem is they don’t...

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?...