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Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...

And now, A Mello Catechism, third edition

Of all my publications, I think the one that has mystified the most people has been the mellophone book. I even thought about dropping...

Now available: The Low Horn Boot Camp, second edition

Continuing the series of updated editions, today the focus is on the updated and expanded second edition of The Low Horn Boot Camp. The...

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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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Exercise: My Lip Trills Stink!

Some tips on lip trills. In a lesson with a community college student on a Mozart concerto I needed to explain the lip trill. I...

Deeper insights 3: Fearless optimism

Turning a bit of a corner, as time went on as a teacher I realized that there are essentially two types of confidence. What got...

Random Monday: A New Project, Signs of Optimism, and Total Geekdom

New horizons Over the next few weeks, details of a new and exciting collaborative project between myself and John Ericson will be revealed. I have...

Brief Reviews: Recent CD’s by Gross, Havlík, and Van Dreel

Continuing our series of brief reviews we have two 2014 CD releases to close out the year. First up alphabetically is a recording of double...

Geyer Horn, First Valve Slide, B-flat Horn

Different brands of different horns have their quirks. One quirk on some Geyer style horns is that they may have a squirrelly high B-flat....

Random Monday: The Last of 2009

And so, after a period of hiatus I have returned. Over the past few weeks, I have been making major adjustments to my life and...
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