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From the Mailbag: Online Materials for High School hornists

One question that periodically comes (in various forms) asks about online materials that would be of use to high school hornists. Certainly, the number one...

Brief Review: An Inexpensive Natural Horn

With a small amount of funds available, I had an idea how to use them for something that would help the studio. What I...

5 Keys to Horn Success

It is human nature to be curious, what are the keys for success for famous people? The following are five keys to success I...

More on “clicks” — and the best horns

Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

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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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Dreams and Goals; Music Performance and Music Education

Note: this article is a follow-up to "The Community College Alternative" which stimulated quite a few comments. My own follow-up comment became a bit...

Trompes de Chasse vs. Telemann

Last night a video link was posted to the Horn People group that caught my attention, a group of  Trompes de Chasse performing Telemann...

The Words of the Great Horn Players are not Infallible Words

We have some very thoughtful commentators on Horn Matters. University of Iowa horn professor Jeffrey Agrell wrote a great comment in reply to my...

Fried Horns, by William Melton

Today we welcome an article by hornist and scholar William Melton, with a link to a fascinating recording of Mahler 2 (the first complete...

Change your tuner, change your life — and warming up to...

There are a number of tuners out there that go beyond the old basic Korg tuner that has been so standard for years. Students...

#IHSTexas Day One: You Should Be Here

Howdy from Texas! I hit the ground here on Saturday and will have daily reports this week for Horn Matters on some of the...
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