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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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Hornmasters on Mouthpiece Pressure, Part II: Cousins and Wekre

Farquharson Cousins expresses a quite different approach to pressure in On Playing the Horn. Mouthpiece pressure is part of what creates the “Embouchure-Seal” or...

“Horns are a Quarter-Beat Late”–A Response

This article came to mind in answering a recent question that came in, and a bit of searching told me that it was not...

A Brief Overview of YouTube Resources for Etude and Excerpt Study

Back when I was a youngster (whoa...did I really just say that?) auditioning for a regional or all-state event was a much different process than...

On Mastering a Brass Trio CD

Back in the Spring I recorded a brass trio CD with ASU colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda. After editing the project thoroughly (more...

A View of the Horn Day at Western Michigan

This year I was honored to be the guest artist at Horn Day 2013 at Western Michigan University, hosted by Dr. Lin Foulk. Horn...

The Bordogni-Gumbert-Ericson Collection, and a special “Low Horn Boot Camp” edition

UPDATE 2018: The Low Horn Boot Camp is now out in a second edition as a Kindle ePublication. Purchase on Amazon. The other versions...
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