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On teaching styles of horn teachers, and creativity

Not too long ago a colleague made an offhand comment about another teacher, saying they were a “method” teacher. That observation, and looking at...

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

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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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On Ethics and Integrity in Copyright Licensing

Over the winter holiday, my wife and I took a trip to Disney World in Florida. Besides the usual attractions, two things impressed me...

Why Go to Live Concerts? (I)

An introduction. A valuable part of any student's musical training is attending live concerts and, if possible, rehearsals of professional ensembles. Many of my teachers emphasized...

Orchestra 101: Playing Extra! Part II: Before the First Service

So you got the call to play extra with a professional orchestra and you have the music ready to go! What next? The first step...

Three More ‘Chuck Norris with Horns’ Memes

Because one cannot get enough of a good thing. * * * * * * * * *

Ask Dave: How Can I Improve My Grip?

Ginger asks: Dave, I've been having a hard time with my left hand grip.  My horn came prepared for a huge hand and mine is...

How to use a Sink Hose Adapter to Clean a Horn

In Arizona we have been hit hard this summer with a series of heavy dust storms. The most serious storm a few weeks ago was reported...
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