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Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

Footnotes on the First Triple Horn

I was pleased to see my article, “Memories of the First Paxman Triple Horn,” in the October, 2017 issue of The Horn Call. It...

The question of water keys and horns

Here is a question you know you have wondered at some point: why are some horns constructed without water keys? It is a puzzle for...

Introducing the Horn Notes Podcast

Those following Horn Matters for a few years know that there are a group of videos on YouTube related to posts in Horn Matters....

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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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Ultrasonic Cleaning FAQ

Recently I made some decisions about what pieces I will perform at the Southeast Horn Workshop this year. Part of that decision making process...

On Cutting Slides

Sometimes you will need to cut or lengthen slides on brass instruments. I have seen this on a number of instruments over the years. Recently...

Dennis Brain Illustrated

In the process of learning a new illustration technique, I have been using images of great horn players from the past as practice. This image...

Marketing with YouTube Videos, Part III

Loyalty through emotional impact. Fear-based tactics have their limits. In a recent publicity stunt, the animal rights group PETA (under a false name) took an...

Tips for Educators, and an Evolving Pedagogy

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

Hornmasters: Farkas on Right Hand Position

Most active horn teachers have read the Farkas book at some point but mostly not recently. One thing that you may have missed was...
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