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

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....

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...

Tip of the Month: Longevity and the Horn Player

Arizona has a regional IHS newsletter, Horn on the Range. The area representative recently asked area horn professors for their thoughts on the topic...

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 Surviving Very Long Concerts

Odds are that if you were to play one opera in your life, it would most likely be Carmen. When recently playing principal in...

“Not Like Kopprash”

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...

The “Support from the Diaphragm” Myth

Last night, Randy on American Idol said something that made me go "oh boy." As the audience applause swelled before a transition to co-host Ryan...

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...

A Tip from Quantz on Cadenzas

Students often struggle a bit with their cadenzas. With juries (performance exams) coming for many horn students the next two weeks, the following quote...

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...