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Jacques-François Gallay (1795-1864) wrote many great horn etudes that are certainly worthy of use by modern horn players. Standard, published versions are available, but...

I have heard it said that “People that hang onto their old ways fall behind.” One of the strong directions of change in the...

Several years ago a question came in. It was one that I found interesting to ponder at the time and still find interesting to...

This week I will be presenting a session at the Arizona Music Educators Association annual conference on the topic of “Building Great French Horn...

One trend I have noticed is that more and more horn players (and musicians in general) are to varying degrees going paperless. Using your...

A recent discussion on the Facebook Horn People discussion group brings up the topic of living composers and how they write for the French...

Concluding for now this series of PDF downloads from 19th century method books are a pair of great downloads from a publication with a...

Oscar Franz (1843-1886) was one of the most prominent teachers and performers of the horn in the late nineteenth century. Franz spent most of...
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For the French horn player, there is lots of fun playing to do in the opera Siegfried from Wagner's Ring Cycle. This composition, in...

Another article from the archive of the original HTML Horn Notes Blog dated 9/3/05 on a topic that I think about this time of...

Continued from Part I In most textbooks I encounter, Nationalism - as a movement in Western music history -  has a beginning and an end....

With being committed to at the least the early horns in the prior posts on my fall recital (here and here) the final goal...

There must be light! This seems obvious to me, but it seems that this is not always obvious to students and non-professional groups. In the...

It is amazing how much is out there now on YouTube. This week a student pointed me toward a great find, Beethoven's Eroica, a...

Continuing on the topic of tonguing, we finally turn officially to staccato tonguing. There are speaking broadly two approaches to staccato presented in horn...

In short, in this series we have seen that there is no shortage of advice with respect to the critical topic of accuracy.  To...
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