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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...

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...