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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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How Loud is too Loud?

This post is from the original  HTML Horn Notes Blog; this particular post dates to 8/6/05, and was from the end of a summer...

Tip: Develop the X Factor in Your Playing

UPDATE: For more on auditions and orchestral playing, see my publication, Orchestra 101. The text in the article below was adapted into a section...

Random Monday: Taking Time Off and Going On Tour

Horns gone wild The Northwest Horn Orchestra recently gave its sixth annual concert. Among more traditional repertoire and instruments, the concert featured Vienna horn and piccolo...

On Teaching (and Studying) Effectively

With the first semester of the University of Horn Matters horn pedagogy course nearly complete it seems like a good time to re-post the...

Taking Time Off from the Horn

As suggested by the pictorial piece last Friday of a horn case going into a closet, I am taking some time off from the...

PSA: Tonguing is the Answer

The Public Service Announcement of the weekend is on the topic of tonguing. There is a lot of dogma on tonguing out there to...
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