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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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A classic revisited for the new year. The Birth of Venus (c. 1482-6) by Sandro Botticelli depicts the goddess Venus, emerging from the sea as...

Horn teacher pet peeve no. 3: students who don't know their tempo. By this I mean know what metronome mark you are shooting for in...

A teacher of mine long ago had a terrible nickname for fourth horn players in the orchestra. He called them the "garbage-men of the...

At an extreme, warm-up routines come in two flavors: etched in granite, or free-form. This past weekend at Arizona State we hosted Prof. Jeffrey Agrell...

One common question is that some models of horn seem to be built rather sharp, as in the main slide needs to be pulled...

“Creative Enterprise” is a major buzz phrase in the musical world today, and relates generally to the idea that you want to actually make...

One thing I am often asked after horn workshops is which horn I liked the best. Over time one thing has become clearer to...

Breathing is a very important topic! In looking at this topic in terms of horn publications the focus is typically on the inhale and...
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