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How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until today (!) is the topic of how to hold a stop mute.** My...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up quite a number of times in years of teaching is the warm up, and more specifically on how...

How to Practice Maxime-Alponse Book 6

One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long....

Tilt, the Secret to Mid-Low Range Power

People are always looking for horn secrets. One difficult range for many players is the “cash register” just below the staff, getting the notes...

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Hornmasters: Even More on the High Range

To close the topic of the high range we have quotes and tips from seven more classic horn texts. Harry Berv in A Creative Approach...

Thoughts on ‘Quality’ and an Overview of Trusted Brands in French...

As someone who works in marketing and advertising, I respect the value and power of word-of-mouth opinion. While big-name consumer brands - like McDonald's and Sony - manipulate popular...

The Vintage Conn 8D

Last week an article was featured on Cleveland.com, “Conn-Selmer Inc. turns out classic horns for world's best musicians.” Also last week I got back...

The Top Ten Orchestral Works for Horn (the last one might...

I recently had a question come in on what were the most important horn excerpts. Back when I was first at Arizona State I...

Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece (I): The Basic Parts

Part I: The Rim and Preliminary Thoughts Part II: Cup, Throat and Bore Part III: Weight, Plating and Shopping Tips For the past decade I have stayed...

French Horn Transposition Chart

A complete reference. Transposition Chart (PDF) (updated 2012) Over the past few months, I have been posting various transposition tricks, including how to transpose: A and...

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Linking the Ear and the Fingers

A post from the original HTML Horn Notes Blog from 1/1/05. One way to start the year right is to have the goal of really...

Horn Pedagogy Week 3: Right Hand Position, Fingerings, and Intonation

Three closely related topics are on the agenda for this week. Keeping it simple, all of the readings are from the Hornmasters Series. Farkas...

So, you’ve decided to cut your bell. Now what?

You've asked dozens of people IF you should cut your bell, gotten all that contradictory advice, and finally decided to go for it.   Now...

Review: the Digital Version of The Horn Call

I have heard it said that “People that hang onto their old ways fall behind.” One of the strong directions of change in the...

Random Monday: Back from Hiatus, Getting Back in Shape and Traits...

Back from hiatus In addition to putting the horn in closet this summer, I also took a break from writing at Horn Matters. For myself, taking a...

Random Monday, Early Edition: Barbarians at the Gates

Surviving an attack A number of Wordpress web sites at the same host as Horn Matters were slammed with malicious code last Friday. Sites that...
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