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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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Answers to Search Terms (II)

Continued from Part I. More comments on Google search terms that hit on this blog: how to play Iron Man (or XXX) on french horn The best...

How to fix the corks on your mutes

One question I am asked about fairly often is about fixing mute corks. The worst offenders are some recent mutes with "peel and stick"...

Professor Schmutzig and the Schmutzone 19 Valve Horn

One of the classic method books for the horn is the Complete Method für der Waldhorn oder der Ventilhorn by Professor Eric Von Schmutzig....

Homemade Mouthpiece Buzzing Tool

The French Horn Articulation Resistance Tool. Buzzing on the mouthpiece is something that I would call a "concentrated" method. Even a small amount done daily...

An S.O.S for MPTF, Part I

The Music Performance Fund - an innocent bystander in the AFM/RMA conflict? Judging by the volume (and source locations) of recent traffic on the "Clash...

Off Topic: Why Updating Internet Explorer 6 is Important

Whenever creating a new web site, a developer tries to be as inclusive as possible. We want our web sites to look good in...
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