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Available on Amazon: Playing Natural Horn Today, second edition

The third of six new editions of books by John Ericson is now out, the second edition of Playing Natural Horn Today. Updated for...

New editions of Introducing the Horn and Playing Descant and Triple...

In December I looked back at a year of sales and decided it was time for some updated editions and a change in marketing...

My Top 5 Articles from 2017

Starting the year I thought it might be interesting to see exactly which of my Horn Matters articles from 2017 ranked the highest in...

Horn Matters People of the Year: Horn People

The Horn Matters People of the Year award goes to Horn People, a group that has hugely impacted the horn world in recent years. If you...

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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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A Wagner Tuba Mouthpiece

Sticking with the general topic of the article last week, the Wagner tuba, today we have an oddity, a Wagner tuba mouthpiece. Exhibit "A" is this...

When does Warm-Up End and Practice Begin?

I would propose that practice relates to working on actual music that you need to prepare for performance somewhere, such as for a lesson...

Mozart Rondo Smoothies

This post is a prologue to an upcoming series on the Mozart Horn Concertos, starting in earnest next Tuesday Monday. Topics will include: some...

Memories of Horn Calls Past: My First Issue of The Horn...

Part one of this series touched on the 1979 Annual Horn Workshop but there were several reports in the October, 1979 issue of The...

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

Back in 2011 I released a collection of low horn etudes, the first section being based on the famous Bordogni (“Rochut”) etudes that are...

Voting YES for Work Stoppage

I have been relatively quiet here on Horn Matters for a few weeks. The reasons being that I have been intensely focused on all...
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