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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...

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...

“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...

Long-term Storage for a Brass Instrument

It's the summer and you might be putting your horn away for a few months. Or, perhaps you have more than one horn and...

Notes from a Trombone Class

As a horn teacher I find master classes of other brass instruments to be particularly interesting. Each brass instrument has differences and similarities both...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Arranging chorales, like painting by numbers

For myself as a conservatory undergraduate, four-part chorale writing was slow and sometimes laborious. It was a learning curve fraught with rules and clams. Later...