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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...

Some horn players are very averse to change, but changes have to be made! One exciting type of change is getting a new horn...

A topic that comes up periodically is piston valves, as in why are they not used on horns? They actually have been; a couple...

The topic for episode 23 of the Horn Notes Video Podcast is the International Horn Competition of America in a conversation with the host...

The two most recent episodes of the Horn Notes Video Podcast both relate to tuning. The newest episode is one featuring Gustavo Camacho with a...

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Things read over the weekend. A story from 1919 - French horn player put on trial. As the poster Ms. Mussel notes, this is a...

For some years I have used a version of a strap or flipper or duck’s foot on my horn. While the other straps I...

One project I gave to the studio last week was for everyone to learn the opening six bars of Silverado. Why I did this...

Continuing this brief series on the F horn and the 19th century, spending close to two months mostly playing the F horn on period solo...

To conclude this short series I will step away from old horn methods and focus in on my take on the exhale and points...

I judged two concerto competitions on Thursday, which reminded me of this post full of tips on taking all types of auditions from the original...

Planets and horns. When I was a graduate music student at Arizona State University back around 1995, I became fascinated with this new thing called...

One discussion horn teachers have over and over with students is that of trying to select works for recitals. Years ago in a lesson...
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