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Dozens of Tips toward Effective Performances

For this article we dig way back into the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog to an article dated 11/9/05, posted under the...

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...

PSA: Another Big Reason You Should Clean Your Horn

In the first paragraph of an NPR article we learn "One musician in Connecticut learned the hard way about the dangers of not cleaning...

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...

Be able to play it like Kopprasch, but don’t play everything...

Way back on 7/13/06 I had a short article in reference to playing jazz on my original HTML blog under the title, "Not Like...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 -...