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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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Review: Hornlessons.org

A reader recently sent me a link to Hornlessons.org, a website that offers video instruction in the horn by Andrew M. McAfee, horn instructor...

Horn Pedagogy Week 8: Rapid Tonguing, Staccato, Multiple Tonguing

With the topic of tonguing introduced last week, this week the focus is the more “advanced” forms of tonguing including rapid tonguing, staccato, and...

Sour Grapes from NY Phil Trombonist

An op-ed and the first Jaded Clam for 2009. Amateur musician Gilbert Kaplan is not a professionally-trained musician but his 20-year experience with one composition...

What a Mess in Arizona

Phoenix Symphony, the state budget and the sorry state of education. From the Tuesday, May 19th Phoenix Business Journal: The Phoenix Symphony Association Inc. and Phoenix...

What to practice for fun and improvement

The topic of practicing over breaks has come up several times in Horn Matters, with this article perhaps my most comprehensive on the topic....

Farquharson Cousins on the Embouchure and Mouthpiece Pressure

Offering yet another approach to the setup of the embouchure is Farquharson Cousins in On Playing the Horn, which was published in 1983 with...
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