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From the Mailbag: Online Materials for High School hornists

One question that periodically comes (in various forms) asks about online materials that would be of use to high school hornists. Certainly, the number one...

Brief Review: An Inexpensive Natural Horn

With a small amount of funds available, I had an idea how to use them for something that would help the studio. What I...

5 Keys to Horn Success

It is human nature to be curious, what are the keys for success for famous people? The following are five keys to success I...

More on “clicks” — and the best horns

Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

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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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Lost in Translation; Pro vs. Amateur

Words and meaning. Certain words that once held some meaning -- or that may have not had any meaning at all in the past --...

Hornmasters Extra: An Update from Robinson on the Aperture

One of the great things for Bruce and I is we hear from some of the greats of horn teaching and playing who do...

Ask Dave: When Should My Daughter Move Up to a Double...

Susie asks: My 5th grade daughter will be playing the French Horn in the orchestra this year. We were wondering what the normal time frame...

Review: The Balu Wagner Tuba Mute

Several works call for muted Wagner tuba, particularly by Strauss and Schoenberg. A horn mute will not work and really mutes for any other...

A Summer to Remember—1983; An Interview with Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards recently wrote in his site Living the Dream of “Four Summers That Changed My Life.” I was particularly interested to read this...

Tip of the Week: Improving Transposition Skills with ‘I-IV-V-I’ Practice

One of the most popular PDF downloads from the Horn Matters site is a transposition chart, located within our Resources area. Roughly defined, music transposition in performance requires a player...
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