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

Horn playing is fun! For some readers, they certainly agree, yes, it is fun! But for others, maybe not so much. It is an...

In a very recent Horn People discussion there was a topic posted related to triple horns, more specifically to the question of if the...

There are so many interesting resources on YouTube, and today we have three that in various ways relate to recent horn news. First up, unless...

Not everyone out there is a fan of tuners. This fall I have been working on a specific warmup routine to improve intonation, and...

One Internet resource not that well known among horn players is the Horn Opera Project website of Ericka Tyner Grodrian. Dr. Grodrian is horn professor...

You want me to stop missing notes? I need a new mouthpiece I’ve been feeling down about the election and need a new mouthpiece to...

As noted in my recent article on the Theme and Variations, Op. 13, of Franz Strauss, in 2003 I released an album I titled...

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One of the most serious problems a brass player can face is that of an embouchure dystonia. Why it is such a hard problem...

We get a variety of questions and this one recently is one that I am sure is wondered often. I have a question that's been...

One topic that comes up occasionally talking to other hornists is that of slide inserts on the horn. Slide inserts are made from cut off...

One of the blogs Bruce and I both follow is Adaptistration, the site of arts consultant Drew McManus. He put up recently a series...

Another free download. Someday I hope to revise these - they need much revision but for now here they are with the caveat that it...

Many players struggle along to varying degrees with an instrument that does not fit their hands well. The instrument may actually feel “normal” but...

Monday next week (10/27/2014) will bring a "first" for me, in that the recital I am presenting jointly with Douglas Yeo will be streamed live....

Farquharson Cousins has an extended examination of “the mental side” of horn playing in On Playing the Horn. He suggests that “For those whose...
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