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On teaching styles of horn teachers, and creativity

Not too long ago a colleague made an offhand comment about another teacher, saying they were a “method” teacher. That observation, and looking at...

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

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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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More Lessons Learned from Cats

Kitteh needs a LOL cat caption.* Other lessons? con't from yesterday... Metaphorically speaking: Don't poop where you eat. If it smells funny don't eat it - walk away. Bury things...

Review: Hands on with the Berlin Digital Concert Hall, II

Continued from Part I. The concert opened with the folksy Hungarian Sketches by Béla Bartók. Expert wind playing - both solo and paired - was...

Significant work: Schubert, Nachtgesang im Walde

Auf dem Strom (1828) is the best known work of Schubert for horn and voice, but it was preceded in 1827 by a very...

Horn Repertoire Week 11: The Valved Horn in the Later 19th...

Continuing forward in horn history, some of our best, most characteristic horn literature (especially orchestral) dates to the second half of the nineteenth century....

Memories of Horn Calls Past: My First Issue of The Horn...

I joined the IHS when I was a senior in high school. In those days long before E-mail or Horn Matters the journal of...

Technical Materials II: Standard Materials I Teach From

As mentioned in my previous post, in terms of materials I started out as I was taught but over the years began to experiment...
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