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On teaching styles of horn teachers, and creativity

Not too long ago a colleague made an offhand comment about another teacher, saying they were a “method” teacher. That observation, and looking at...

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

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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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Some notes on the art of Geyer (and Knopf) style horns

In the past month I have had the luxury of visits to my studio by two excellent horn makers (Atkinson and Patterson) and a...

New Information on Maxime-Alphonse

Last night I had a very pleasant surprise in my inbox. Blog reader Jay Anderson had seen my previous post on Maxime-Alphonse and got...

The Audience at Your Audition, Round by Round

Several students are taking auditions now in the studio. Part of playing an audition well is knowing who you are playing for. For an...

Background on A Mello Catechism

During the summer of 2007 I found myself in a very unique position; newly tenured, launching a new publishing venture, teaching at a school...

Excerpt: Tosca, Act III

One of the major operatic horn excerpts. In the Arizona Opera, we are currently performing Puccini's Tosca. It contains one of the most commonly asked...

Subtract until it breaks – one way to Practice

There is a wonderful old story about Michelangelo being asked how he carved his sculpture of David. Michelangelo’s response was something like, “all I...
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