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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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As noted in a very recent article, I have several horns I can and do use regularly. One common adjustment made on horns is...

Attempting to comprehend the RMA/AFM conflict. For weeks now I have been trying to understand the discourse between the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and...

It is that time of year, students are finalizing their college audition plans. A few tips come to mind. 1. At most schools there are...

One project I gave to the studio last week was for everyone to learn the opening six bars of Silverado. Why I did this...

3. Read a lot. Reading is an effective way to deepen knowledge. Read books on horn playing and also on other brass instruments. Make notes! That...

Exactly how to think of fingerings and notations for the single B-flat horn is a point of confusion for many music educators. I believe...

Continuing our series, we turn to two more Classic horn methods for their notes on tonguing, both of which hit on some ideas outside...

Continuing our series from classic horn text the next topic is the aperture or more properly aperture control, which is a key element for...
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