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

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...

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...

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...