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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...

Book Excerpt: Playing More Musically

Every so often I get a big idea. A recent one was to update the best of my publications into new editions and sell...

Blog: Facebook, and Horn Makers, Dealers, and Publishers

When Horn Matters was starting out in 2009, our articles, posted to Facebook, went out to a large number of people on their news...

Orchestra 101: A New Publication on Auditions and Orchestral Playing

Horn Matters readers may recall Orchestra 101, a series of over 20 articles looking at the positives and negatives of freelancing and orchestral playing as...

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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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All in the High F Family

One thing perhaps not obvious from my recent mellophone posts is I am actually very familiar with the high F tube length, as I...

How to Clean a Horn Mouthpiece and Sanitize a Lead Pipe

When I regularly taught beginning horn students, a portion of the very first lessons were usually devoted to maintenance of the instrument. This included mouthpiece...

Just Clean It (your horn, that is)

I would say I have been pretty good about cleaning horns over the years. Any horn I am playing gets a good cleaning at...

The “N” Words: Negativity – Part II

In the first part of this series, I identified a common occurrence in the classical music profession, namely, musicians with negative attitudes. As some...

Video: Baumann Plays the B-minor Mass on Descant

A video recently made the rounds of the horn list that is very worth viewing. It is of Hermann Baumann playing the B-minor mass,...

Random Monday: Cleveland, Entrepreneurship, and a Piccolo Horn

Cleveland musicians in IU residency Students at Indiana University were treated to a chamber concert of Cleveland Orchestra musicians that included music for brass and...
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