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Horn Matters is an Open Educational Resource co-founded by John Ericson and Bruce Hembd. The mission of Horn Matters isto encourage, inspire, inform, and challenge horn players, and; to promote the best musical instrument ever, the French horn. (More.)

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Jacques-François Gallay (1795-1864) wrote many great horn etudes that are certainly worthy of use by modern horn players. Standard, published versions are available, but...

I have heard it said that “People that hang onto their old ways fall behind.” One of the strong directions of change in the...

Several years ago a question came in. It was one that I found interesting to ponder at the time and still find interesting to...

This week I will be presenting a session at the Arizona Music Educators Association annual conference on the topic of “Building Great French Horn...

One trend I have noticed is that more and more horn players (and musicians in general) are to varying degrees going paperless. Using your...

A recent discussion on the Facebook Horn People discussion group brings up the topic of living composers and how they write for the French...

Concluding for now this series of PDF downloads from 19th century method books are a pair of great downloads from a publication with a...

Oscar Franz (1843-1886) was one of the most prominent teachers and performers of the horn in the late nineteenth century. Franz spent most of...
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Who Am I? I recently purchased a page from a 1943 House Beautiful magazine on eBay. I thought that it would make another nice framed...

In "Composers who Can't Write for the Horn" John Ericson made some very good points for composers to pay attention to. At a number of...

This coming weekend I am performing the Poulenc Sextet on a faculty recital at Arizona State, the recital of oboe colleague Martin Schuring. This...

The legendary brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has recently released a new recording -  Chicago Symphony Brass Live - and it is...

Bruce B. asks:   Following up on your article on clanking valves. My horn (Holton 179, early 90s vintage) will clank if I am careless...

A new product I was sent recently for review is the GigBag horn mute bag. As the website states, “The GigBag is a carrying...

In the photo are seen two dissertations. Mine, completed it while performing Third Horn full time in the Nashville Symphony, and another recent one for a...

Now that's commitment Getting a tattoo of your favorite thing. I guess this person really likes mellophones .. or that blue horn thing? Where is your...
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