RIP Horn Players’ FAQ

As many know, a classic horn site, The Horn Players’ FAQ, is no longer. It was active from 1995 until July of 2007 and when launched it was an extremely useful resource for horn players. Ron Boerger wrote in the farewell note posted there that When this FAQ was created, it represented the only widely-used […]

Siegfried's Call - Close the Gap

Another Way to Improve Your Instrument

College students all across the United States have performance exams coming right up, and there are always auditions and performances on the horizon. A better instrument can help you have a better performance. There is a very inexpensive way to improve the one you own today! It is called cleaning your horn. While I have […]

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How did you Write Four Books in One Year??

As my Dad used to say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. As indicated in the prior posts on the new books, I have been working on all four of the initial publications by Horn Notes Edition for several years. All of them were taking shape in some form by the time I was first […]

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Background on A Mello Catechism

During the summer of 2007 I found myself in a very unique position; newly tenured, launching a new publishing venture, teaching at a school that was making big changes in the marching band, with a controversial topic that certainly needed written about. My background as a horn teacher and student of horn history came in […]

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Background on Introducing the Horn

To continue my series on my initial publications, the third project I started on was Introducing the Horn: Essentials for New Hornists and Their Teachers. In this book I attempt to cover in one volume the range of performance-related topics that are the most essential in giving a new hornist a good start. The ideal […]

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The G Mellophone Bugle

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For those who have not been following my “mellophone” series, this summer I started a project where I approached mellophone pedagogy with an eye toward improving the way it is taught and used in ensembles today, to better develop mid-range brass playing (especially horn playing). Although they are not much used today at all, an […]

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Background on Playing the Wagner Tuba

When I started thinking out of the box after turning in my tenure file and considered launching a publishing venture I really got going with ideas for projects. In all I do I try to think about questions such as what am I uniquely positioned to do? What unique experiences do I have? What unique […]

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