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Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

Those familiar with older horn publications will recall a classic 1962 book by Gunther Schuller titled Horn Technique. It is so compact that you can practically...

As a final point in this series of deeper insights related to raising a handicapped child it would be this: giving up is not...

Working with my son these few years the thing that has recently worked the best has been a technique called “Positive Behavior Support.” Without...

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...

Some things I have learned on a deeper level over the course of raising my son. When he was little it was more to...

One topic I have only rarely touched on here in Horn Matters is something that has impacted my life and teaching in rather deep...

Back in 2015 I had an article looking toward the modern, paperless hornist. More and more works are available as files rather than printed...

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Back in December I posted an article on the Reicha horn trios. In that article I mentioned that I had been looking at these...

Today we welcome an article by hornist and scholar William Melton, with a link to a fascinating recording of Mahler 2 (the first complete...

At some point, everyone believes that their instrument brand of choice is good and therefore perhaps good for others - this is perfectly natural...

Julia Rose in a very recent post on a classical concert she performed with the Columbus Symphony brought up the topic of Dvorak and...

We all like good music, and a lot of wonderful music for the horn was composed in the 20th century. I have five favorites...

A quick story with a moral:  Years ago I had a customer who was using Spray 'N Wash® as a rotor lubricant.  He was...

A conversation I end up having fairly often is on the topic of what makes a horn a professional quality horn. The Nirschl in...

Continuing from the ideas presented in part I of this series, for Barry Tuckwell in Playing the Horn stamina “is a combination of muscular...
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