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Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...

And now, A Mello Catechism, third edition

Of all my publications, I think the one that has mystified the most people has been the mellophone book. I even thought about dropping...

Now available: The Low Horn Boot Camp, second edition

Continuing the series of updated editions, today the focus is on the updated and expanded second edition of The Low Horn Boot Camp. The...

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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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More Thoughts on Narcissism

Brilliant performers, lousy colleagues. A number of visitors have been diverted to this blog looking for help on narcissism disorders. I am not a doctor,...

Horn Event Promotion 101: A Letter from the Host

Continuing this series, another thing a very organized host does is be in contact with participants. The Southwest Horn Conference for 2012 is this...

Random Monday: Real World Crossover

Prepping for the holiday I found some decorative antlers and decided to make a statement for the holidays. Learned helplessness According to Dr. Martin Seligman, being repeatedly...

Why You Keep a Mute in the Trunk of Your Car

Late this afternoon I received a call from the personnel manager of The Phoenix Symphony, that the second horn was ill and would I...

Professional Orchestral Players Compared to Students

I was recently asked about how ready professionals have the music before a first orchestral rehearsal for a concert. The short answer is very ready!...

Farkas and the Art of Marketing II

In the comments to my recent post on the Reynolds Pottag Model horn (seen below) I quoted what Farkas said was his goal in...
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