On Effective Performances

For this article we dig way back into the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog to an article dated 11/9/05, posted under the title “More on effective performances.” It includes many points worth pondering. Today in studio class we had the final performances associated with our Gumpert project [more here]. The entire studio prepared […]

Passing of Wilke Renwick, hornist and composer

If you have played in a brass quintet at all you have probably seen the name Wilke Renwick. His Dance for brass quintet is certainly one of the most widely performed works for that ensemble. What is not as widely known today is he was also a fine horn player and for many years was […]

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A Conch Shell Horn


With summer upon us it is a good time to step back and switch things up with something different. Often horn players make use of the conch shell horn in a presentation on the history of the horn. I have never had one but a couple weeks ago stumbled across this example at a garage […]

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Doug Hall, a Vintage Knopf Horn, and a Horn Convention


San Diego Symphony hornist Doug Hall is hosting a regional horn workshop next weekend, but his name is also in the news if you read The Horn Call. On page 46 of  the May, 2014 issue is an article titled “Doug Hall’s ‘Pay it Forward’ Gift to a Young Horn Player” by David Axelson. It was of […]

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On Recording a Brass Trio CD


Besides the normal things that keep horn professors very busy at the end of a semester I have, with my ASU colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda, been recording a CD of brass trios. For me this is a “comeback” CD of sorts, as my most recent CD came out in 2005, my Canto CD […]

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On Tweaking the Thumb Valve Position


As noted in a very recent article, I have several horns I can and do use regularly. One common adjustment made on horns is to add “dimes” to the valve levers, to meet your fingers better (more here).  But you also have a thumb. Going back to the triple again for a recording project I […]

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On Calculating Timings of Works of Music


I am working toward a trio recording project now, and as a part of planning for that I needed to come up with timings for a number of works that we did not have recordings of. There will be three brand new works included on the recording and a number of works and arrangements that have not […]

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