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Regular readers will know already that I am very interested in the recent (and still ongoing) MRI horn studies led by Dr. Peter Iltis...

Recently I was pointed toward some relatively recent research that indicates that a less strenuous warm-up gets better results. For example, this article from...

Since doing the interviews with Peter Iltis (MRI horn) last summer (more here) I have been pondering a related topic, horn intonation and vowel...

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...

Last up in this brief series looking at some of my favorite works for the horn from the 20th century (all included in my...

Continuing this brief series looking at 20th century works I chose to include on my Canto CD, next up is Im Tiefsten Walde, Op....

We all like good music, and a lot of wonderful music for the horn was composed in the 20th century. I have five favorites...

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Back almost a year ago I was describing my teaching materials and the final article of that series was devoted to noting what materials...

Part II: The Loudness War. In Part I, I presented questions over live concerts versus CDs, MP3s and DVDs. This post addresses one aspect of...

With stopped horn we get to another interesting and important topic, and also one that is not without some controversy. As an example, at one...

So far as I can tell between now and the IHS International Symposium this year there are three major, regional horn workshops in the...

While I know some of the topics in this series have pointed to negative things you may find in an orchestra, this one is...

One thing I have observed especially in juries (performance exams) is that players who are perhaps not technically as strong as others in the...

A chain of ideas Over the weekend, I did some significant revising in last Friday's post. Under the sub-title "a new pathway becomes old," it...

A Halloween creature feature. "I am a big fan of Handel's Water Music," says Thursday's featured monster horn player. "It is my favorite of course." Gills...
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