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Something my father used to often say, of big projects, was that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That is a very appropriate thought,...

Received recently was a message with questions on my CD project that I mentioned in the summer/fall. It is coming! The articles on this...

In the Horn Matters inbox this past week was this brief question: Hi! I'm performing these two pieces for a  exam next week. Any final artistic or...

Two more new publications have arrived, designed to help build intonation and technique and available through Horn Notes Edition. Great technique is a must. Toward the...

This article of tips on taking auditions was originally posted to the site in early 2009, but was later cut (along with a large group...

Available now from Horn Notes Edition is the first of several publications for 2016, a group of twelve etudes I have composed in a modern...

With the 2016 New Year we are offering a new format and pricing structure for our banner ads. We have had banner ads at Horn Matters...

Quite a few commercial recordings are now showing up on YouTube. Not long before Christmas I discovered in fact that the full content of...

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My decision to change my embouchure and try some new things as described in Part I was not a blind or reckless choice. I...

With this being the Thanksgiving holiday it is a good day to look briefly at the topic of being a thankful hornist. Many have...

A top-ten list for conductors from a musician's view. INTRODUCTION Having been a professional musician for around 25 years now, I have seen my share of...

A Bridge To Nowhere? Ramon Ricker makes a strong argument for being a pro-active musician. Shelbyville gets a brass maker. Nice to see an instrument maker make...

It seems to be an upward trend, but I’ve noticed (and done) more repairs at workshops in recent years. Among the repairs I’ve seen are...

Over the years many times I have been asked to explain a few details about E-flat tenor and alto horns to others. In response to...

A bullfight during the opera "Carmen" - the saga continues. In Part I, I gave background to my ultimate Crazy Gig Story. In short, a...

Another free download. Someday I hope to revise these - they need much revision but for now here they are with the caveat that it...
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