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A surprising truth about horn professors

Back a few years I wrote an article on horn professors and accurate biographies. Following up on that topic briefly, I’m one now! Full...

How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up a number of times over years of teaching is the warmup, and more specifically how your chops should...

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....

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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 Gringo in Mexico, Part II

A rude awakening in Mexico City - continuing the story from Part I. Shortly after being educated on the term gringo and its potential derogatory...

Horn-tastic TV Show Themes (I)

The Tony Randall Show theme. On a regular basis, this blog gets visits from people looking for sheet music to "this movie" theme or that...

Random Monday: Sibelius, John Williams and other composed items

Nice ride A fun picture of a man riding on a horn. Hot cross buns A staple food for almost every beginning music student. Sibelius is the best The...

Gaze into the Dark Opera Pit

Many times when I am in the orchestra pit audience members will stop by and look inside. Sometimes - from the musician perspective - it...

Mouthpiece Multitasking and ‘French’ Horn Poll Results; Introducing the Park Effect

It has been an active week in terms of collecting and presenting survey data. Now that some time has passed, the time seems right...

Background on The Brass Gym for Horn

Very early in my tenure at ASU I realized that Sam Pilafian was accomplishing some very interesting things with his breathing/warm-up class and warm-up...
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