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Orchestra 101: A New Publication on Auditions and Orchestral Playing

Horn Matters readers may recall Orchestra 101, a series of over 20 articles looking at the positives and negatives of freelancing and orchestral playing as...

Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...

And now, A Mello Catechism, third edition

Of all my publications, I think the one that has mystified the most people has been the mellophone book. I even thought about dropping...

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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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Alphorn World Record!

Yesterday a world record was smashed! The old record was 366 alphorns, but according to Reuters, "508 players broke a record set in 2009."...

Why You Keep a Mute in the Trunk of Your Car

Late this afternoon I received a call from the personnel manager of The Phoenix Symphony, that the second horn was ill and would I...

Sonoran Brass Goes Live

The new Sonoran Brass web site. An introductory 30-second video: Based in Phoenix, the Sonoran Brass Quintet has been around for over a decade and recently...

Finding Your Path

Crossroads can have many branches. Many musicians like myself experience a pivotal moment in their lives when they hit the full-time orchestral employment wall and...

Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Random Monday: Getting Creative

Tips from another Bruce Martial artist Bruce Lee was a childhood hero of mine. While the quality of his movies has not held up well...
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