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Something my father used to often say, of big projects, was that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That is a very appropriate thought,...

Received recently was a message with questions on my CD project that I mentioned in the summer/fall. It is coming! The articles on this...

In the Horn Matters inbox this past week was this brief question: Hi! I'm performing these two pieces for a  exam next week. Any final artistic or...

Two more new publications have arrived, designed to help build intonation and technique and available through Horn Notes Edition. Great technique is a must. Toward the...

This article of tips on taking auditions was originally posted to the site in early 2009, but was later cut (along with a large group...

Available now from Horn Notes Edition is the first of several publications for 2016, a group of twelve etudes I have composed in a modern...

With the 2016 New Year we are offering a new format and pricing structure for our banner ads. We have had banner ads at Horn Matters...

Quite a few commercial recordings are now showing up on YouTube. Not long before Christmas I discovered in fact that the full content of...

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I had always thought that fox hunting was more-or-less a European sport, but then I found this passage in an obituary last week at...

The second chapter of Horn Technique by Gunther Schuller is on the topic of tone production and the first aspect of tone production discussed...

Many horn players are not fans of marching. Often for instrumental music education majors marching band is a required course. At some schools, however,...

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...

This week we have one fairly long reading that, with the linked readings, covers a lot of ground! The Early Valved Horn In addition also check...

Another post from the original Horn Notes Blog, dated 1/20/05 and timely for those working on upcoming performances or auditions. When you are missing something...

Episode 42 of The Mellocast is an interview with film music librarian, Karen M. Smith. Proving that the show is not "all mellophone all...

More evidence on the benefits of musical training Recent research from a study in Germany indicates that musical training can help children use words. The results...
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