On Tweaking the Thumb Valve Position


As noted in a very recent article, I have several horns I can and do use regularly. One common adjustment made on horns is to add “dimes” to the valve levers, to meet your fingers better (more here).  But you also have a thumb. Going back to the triple again for a recording project I […]

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On Calculating Timings of Works of Music


I am working toward a trio recording project now, and as a part of planning for that I needed to come up with timings for a number of works that we did not have recordings of. There will be three brand new works included on the recording and a number of works and arrangements that have not […]

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On the Horn Parts in the Scherzo of Mahler 5


One of the great orchestral works featuring the horn is the Symphony No. 5 of Mahler. The full work itself has six horn parts. However, the Scherzo movement only has five horn parts, divided as follows in the score:   I actually wrote a paper about Mahler 5 as an undergrad (a great topic!) and […]

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On Choices of Horns


This past few months has been productive and interesting in terms of practice and equipment. Two things drove this. One was being forced to change mouthpieces due to allergic sensitivity (more here). The other is an upcoming recording project. I had settled in and was playing for a couple years a horn that is comparable […]

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Rethinking the Warm-Up


At an extreme, warm-up routines come in two flavors: etched in granite, or free-form. This past weekend at Arizona State we hosted Prof. Jeffrey Agrell of the University of Iowa for a horn day event. One topic area that came up was warming-up, in the session he titled “Warm-Ups: Horn Math: a New Look at […]

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Horn Matters Guide to the Final Four, 2014 edition


Basketball can be predicted through horn professors! April 5 there are two games. The first game is Florida against Connecticut, which would pit Paul Basler against Robert Hoyle. I have nothing against Hoyle, but Basler is such a triple threat as a horn player, teacher, and composer that I have to give Florida the win by […]

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Warm-Up with Drone > Tuner


Which is better, warming up with drone pitches from a pitch generator or watching a tuner? If you have the time and location to do so drone pitches are superior. I have went though phases on this over years of playing. Right now my practice is centered around a trio recording project with my colleagues […]

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