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Brief review: Preparatory Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

A very significant new publication aimed at the younger horn player (and their teachers) is Preparatory Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell. What Agrell has done is...

From the Mailbag: How to finger second line G on a...

This question actually came in now several years ago, and I answered it by e-mail, but it is worth noting here in Horn Matters...

Injury, pressure, dystonia, other playing problems

In episode 29 of the Horn Notes Podcast the topic centers around injury, including focal dystonia, mouthpiece pressure, and various playing problems, with some...

Talking about Horn Etudes

Etudes. Studied systematically or in more of a free form manner they a great way to work on technique and to keep your chops...

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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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Review: The Holton VD Mouthpiece

This post could also be subtitled “How Not to Market a Mouthpiece.” With the information I have at hand I can’t pin down the...

Thinking Over the Daily Regime

As you start the New Year it is always a good time to re-evaluate your daily routine. Two recent posts on other blogs caught...

Review: Steve Park on YouTube

A YouTube channel of interest. With a little creativity and technology it is possible to make some very nice presentations and put them online for...

More Debunking the F Horn for Beginners

Occasionally I like to peruse Google Patent Search, looking for cool and far-out concepts in horn design. A complete article last year uncovered some interesting...

Brief Reviews: Boldin plays Koetsier, and the Matosinhos “Little Suites” for...

A number of items have come in for review, and to start catching up on that today we have two 2013 products of interest. First...

An Interview on Orchestral Horn Auditions. Part I, Background and Preparation

UPDATE: A version of this DM project was published in the October, 2015 issue of The Horn Call and the complete dissertation may be...
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