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

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...

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...

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...

PSA: What is up with Baritone Treble Clef Parts?

We get questions that are not always horn related and in the fall I had a question about baritone treble clef parts. I believe...

Tip of the Month: Attack the Notes

I have a new “tip of the month” posted now in the IHS website on the topic of “Release notes or attack notes?” which...

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...

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...

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...

Tip: Making a Bad Piece Sound Like Something

This is an important skill to develop for any musician because, honestly, you will play a lot of bad music over the course of...

A Few Audition Tips

Audition observations from a committee member. Recently I had the pleasure of being on an audition committee for the Arizona Opera. It has been a...