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Episodes 25-27 of the Horn Notes Podcast, interesting new horn products...

Episode 27 of the Horn Notes Podcast was recently posted, an interview with Ion Balu and Dan Vidican focusing on their new horns but...

PSA: Why did my horn come with two main tuning slides?

Owners of Hoyer 6800 series horns may have noted that the horn is supplied with long and short main tuning slides. I noted in...

Brief review: Harmony Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

The second publication in the Millennium Kopprasch series by Jeffrey Agrell is Harmony Kopprasch. For me personally this volume is much more fun to play...

A Punto award, and 20 years of Horn Articles Online, a...

To many readers it probably seems as if Horn Matters has always been there. A university horn student of today has not known a...

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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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‘Listening’ with Your Whole Body

Hearing music is not necessarily limited to the ears. Take for example musician, composer and speaker Evelyn Glennie. Ms. Glennie has been profoundly - not completely -...

Social Networking and Arts Support in Phoenix

In search of a united arts fund in Phoenix. A 6/15/09 Columbus Dispatch article summarizes a recent trend in the Arts: The use of social media...

Fun With Scales; The Building Blocks of All Western Music

The Art of Practice, Part III. Not much is known about the ancient philosopher, mathematician and cult leader Pythagoras but we do have him...

Introducing Volume III of the Horn Matters PDF Excerpt E-Book

Concluding this series is volume III of The Horn Matters PDF Excerpt E-Book. For volume III the focus is the 15 remaining public domain...

From the Mailbag: The First and Second Warm-Ups Compared, and the...

A good question that came in a few months ago (a bit behind on these) was the following, slightly cleaned up for grammar. How is...

Random Monday, Early Edition: Barbarians at the Gates

Surviving an attack A number of Wordpress web sites at the same host as Horn Matters were slammed with malicious code last Friday. Sites that...
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