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Horn Matters is the leading online resource on the French horn, co-founded by John Ericson and Bruce Hembd. The mission of Horn Matters isto encourage, inspire, inform, and challenge horn players, and; to promote the best musical instrument ever, the French horn. (More.)

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Regular readers will know already that I am very interested in the recent (and still ongoing) MRI horn studies led by Dr. Peter Iltis...

Recently I was pointed toward some relatively recent research that indicates that a less strenuous warm-up gets better results. For example, this article from...

Since doing the interviews with Peter Iltis (MRI horn) last summer (more here) I have been pondering a related topic, horn intonation and vowel...

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...

Last up in this brief series looking at some of my favorite works for the horn from the 20th century (all included in my...

Continuing this brief series looking at 20th century works I chose to include on my Canto CD, next up is Im Tiefsten Walde, Op....

We all like good music, and a lot of wonderful music for the horn was composed in the 20th century. I have five favorites...

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Random Articles

Ginger asks: Dave, I've been having a hard time with my left hand grip.  My horn came prepared for a huge hand and mine is...

Wild Wild West. In the height of the Cold War/James Bond era, there were numerous copy-cat movies and television shows that involved secret agents and...

Missed notes in auditions are a no-no. My audition days are long over and honestly, I do not miss them. Yet, in the process of taking...

Not long ago I was observing a rehearsal and at one point was in a position where I could see all the players from...

One skill that for many horn players is a source of fear is lip trilling. A great trill is an absolute requirement for artistic...

In working on the Hornmasters series article on Mutes (which may be read here) I was reminded of just how far we have come...

Ever notice that there are certain performances that stick out in your memory? This weekend I was involved with performances and a recording of...

One of our goals with Horn Matters is educational, and with the background provided by the first two articles in this series we can...
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