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A major long term interest of mine is the valved horn in the 19th century. It was a time frame dominated by single horns...

One of the perennial favorite articles in Horn Matters is on the topic of Kruspe or Geyer. Both terms reference the names of classic horn...

Jacques-François Gallay (1795-1864) wrote many great horn etudes that are certainly worthy of use by modern horn players. Standard, published versions are available, but...

I have heard it said that “People that hang onto their old ways fall behind.” One of the strong directions of change in the...

Several years ago a question came in. It was one that I found interesting to ponder at the time and still find interesting to...

This week I will be presenting a session at the Arizona Music Educators Association annual conference on the topic of “Building Great French Horn...

One trend I have noticed is that more and more horn players (and musicians in general) are to varying degrees going paperless. Using your...

A recent discussion on the Facebook Horn People discussion group brings up the topic of living composers and how they write for the French...
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Parts I and II of this short series looked at preparation before the day of the gig and the timeframe right before the first...

Over the summer of 2007 I worked very hard toward the completion of four book projects and launching a new publishing venture, Horn Notes...

The topic of Philip Farkas came up recently and I realized that among horn students today his name is not as well known as...

This week a topic that has come up in lessons is that of vowel sounds and articulations. The only teacher I had that talked...

Nerves, performance anxiety, and peak performance are topics of particular interest to hornists. I was just pointed to a new video presentation on this...

UPDATE: The completed dissertation may be downloaded here: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/17567 I am contacted periodically by students working on Doctoral projects. I don’t always have time to participate,...

Sight-reading viola music. At some gigs, you never know what will be put in front of you. Some contractors are either ignorant or care less...

A meme is a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. Combining images into a humorous juxtaposition with some kind of photo editor is one way in...
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