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A surprising truth about horn professors

Back a few years I wrote an article on horn professors and accurate biographies. Following up on that topic briefly, I’m one now! Full...

How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up a number of times over years of teaching is the warmup, and more specifically how your chops should...

How to Practice Maxime-Alponse Book 6

One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long....

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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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Details from the ‘Embouchure Dystonia: Mind Over Grey Matter’ Video

A few days ago I posted an hour-long lecture video by Dr. Peter Iltis that spells out some of his research and personal experience...

Random Monday: Placebo Domingo, Horns on Fire and Killer Queen

Another example of a placebo effect Last Friday I noted a few personal examples of how a placebo can effect one's horn playing. In hindsight, here...

Who Reads Horn Matters? Spring 2011 Update

In a few months, Horn Matters will hit upon its 2-year anniversary! That 2-year anniversary date is September 1st. While I don't think either John...

Hornmasters: Tuckwell on Holding the Horn and Left Hand Position

In our series of quotes from classic horn texts we will close out this part of the series with Barry Tuckwell. As a soloist...

Horn Repertoire Week 8: Approaches to Classical Literature Today

This week the focus of the class is on performance tactics for works that are fairly frequently performed from the Classical and early Romantic...

Hornmasters on Setting the Lips and Breath Attacks

This is a topic that is really central to tonguing but not necessarily well taught or understood. To begin, for all articulations more gentle than...
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