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One Internet resource not that well known among horn players is the Horn Opera Project website of Ericka Tyner Grodrian. Dr. Grodrian is horn professor...

You want me to stop missing notes? I need a new mouthpiece I’ve been feeling down about the election and need a new mouthpiece to...

As noted in my recent article on the Theme and Variations, Op. 13, of Franz Strauss, in 2003 I released an album I titled...

The following are the top ten PDF downloads for the past year from Horn Matters (and "number 6 will surprise you"). Thank you for your...

Back in 2003 I released an album I titled Les Adieux, which included all the works of Franz Strauss for horn and piano that...

Back in 2013 Horn Matters reviewed the first edition of Horn Playing from the Inside Out by Eli Epstein. In three parts, that review...

A central idea presented in the 2016 publication Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool is the...

Back in 2015 I started posting articles (starting here) that lead up to this one-- the new CD is done! With special thanks to...

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At least a half dozen or so times I have seen horn students use a strap-on type hand strap but position it incorrectly. This...

One of the things I enjoy is quotations from older sources; they give a window into horn playing and our past from a first...

Ever wonder how the teacher of Farkas warmed up? Tonal Flexibility Studies for French Horn by William Mercier gives some clear insights. Cleaning the office...

Over the summer an interview was posted with hornist Andrew Joy on high-c.com. Joy mentioned The Balanced Embouchure as a factor in his current...

I will be presenting a session on playing the Wagner tuba on the Saturday morning of the upcoming IHS Denver event. On the session I...

With this article we begin a regular feature on Horn Matters, a series under the heading University of Horn Matters. This series will present...

One question I have been asked by students fairly often over the years is what is a service? As in, an orchestra pays $XX per...

Playing for gold Get a complete deck of playing cards with 55 illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Each card illustrates a scene from the Wagner Ring Cycle...
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