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How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until today (!) is the topic of how to hold a stop mute.** My...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up quite a number of times in years of teaching is the warm up, and more specifically on how...

How to Practice Maxime-Alponse Book 6

One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long....

Tilt, the Secret to Mid-Low Range Power

People are always looking for horn secrets. One difficult range for many players is the “cash register” just below the staff, getting the notes...

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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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Why Go to Live Concerts? (II) The Loudness War

Part II: The Loudness War. In Part I, I presented questions over live concerts versus CDs, MP3s and DVDs. This post addresses one aspect of...

20th century horn favorites 1: Gliere and Nielsen

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

Conductors Say the Darndest Things, part I

Earlier this year I had a couple interactions with conductors (not in Arizona) that gave me pause. One conductor, on a work that was...

Peter and the Wolf: Catching a Horn Section by its Tail

A common factor among many working orchestral professionals is cyclical repertoire - music that comes up on a performance calendar more than once, sometimes...

Ein Hand-enleben II – Getting the Conductor “Hand”

Conductors and the Hand - an "old school" technique, continued from Part I. A big factor in the stop-gesture () described yesterday, is the facial...

Off Topic: Something Cagey is Afoot

Compare and contrast. I have a love/hate relationship with the composer John Cage. I love his writings and I love the heady philosophical concepts behind...
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