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Minimalist horn etudes

Years ago a friend pointed me toward Glassworks, the great 1982 album by the minimalist composer Philip Glass.

Ethics and College Music Admissions

There are two topics that come up every year in the world of horn and music admissions, both of which are timely...

Questions and answers on developing a college teaching career (and big...

Recently a group of questions came in from John Robinson, a trombone performance major at the University of Iowa enrolled in the...

You didn’t study Maxime-Alphonse?

With resistance being futile, Horn Matters recently launched an Instagram account. Check it out! hornmattersofficial
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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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Hill on What it Takes to “Make It”

A book we are working through with the Horn Pedagogy class is Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance by Douglas...

Bad Audition=Quit Horn?

A post from the archive of the original HTML Horn Notes Blog dated 9/4/06. Every fine horn player has experienced some poor audition results. These...

Memes: Special Verne Reynolds Edition

Regular readers of Horn Matters know that Bruce Hembd and I both count Verne Reynolds among our former teachers. In an prior article I...

Horn Playing Can be Fun

As you are reading a horn-related blog, my guess is you might be a horn player. Why did you start playing horn? There are...

Acoustic Quirks and Focus in an Outdoor Venue

At the ASU/UGA football game yesterday I noticed one very odd thing. Let me set up this first. I was in pretty good seats...

Random Monday: Settlement in Louisville, Talk, Applause and Cannibalism

Settlement in Louisville The conflict in Louisville KY seems to have come to a resolution. After 20 months of very contentious negotiations the two sides...
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