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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...

The following are the top ten PDF downloads for the past year from Horn Matters (and "number 6 will surprise you"). Thank you for your...

Back in 2003 I released an album I titled Les Adieux, which included all the works of Franz Strauss for horn and piano that...

Back in 2013 Horn Matters reviewed the first edition of Horn Playing from the Inside Out by Eli Epstein. In three parts, that review...

A central idea presented in the 2016 publication Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool is the...

Back in 2015 I started posting articles (starting here) that lead up to this one-- the new CD is done! With special thanks to...

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My previous post on buzzing reminded me of another classic post from my original HTML blog not yet reposted to Horn Matters. Dated 3/6/05...

The whole vs. the sum of its parts. The French horn's valve and tuning slides work together as a comprehensive system. Small tweaks and compensations...

First up is a quote found in a section of the University of Iowa Horn Studio website. It is a big website--check out the horn...

A topic that has come up in several lessons recently is that of learning B-flat horn alternate fingerings in the middle register where I...

Loyalty through emotional impact. Fear-based tactics have their limits. In a recent publicity stunt, the animal rights group PETA (under a false name) took an...

Following up on the recent post on orchestral dynamics, a point to emphasize is that dynamics come in categories depending on the ensemble you...

Even when working from a critical edition of the Mozart horn concertos, one should bear in mind that at least of some dynamics and articulations...

Horn students are certainly always looking for tips that will give them that edge. Studying excerpts with multiple teachers at an advanced level is advantageous...
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