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One Internet resource not that well known among horn players is the Horn Opera Project website of Ericka Tyner Grodrian. Dr. Grodrian is horn professor...

You want me to stop missing notes? I need a new mouthpiece I’ve been feeling down about the election and need a new mouthpiece to...

As noted in my recent article on the Theme and Variations, Op. 13, of Franz Strauss, in 2003 I released an album I titled...

The following are the top ten PDF downloads for the past year from Horn Matters (and "number 6 will surprise you"). Thank you for your...

Back in 2003 I released an album I titled Les Adieux, which included all the works of Franz Strauss for horn and piano that...

Back in 2013 Horn Matters reviewed the first edition of Horn Playing from the Inside Out by Eli Epstein. In three parts, that review...

A central idea presented in the 2016 publication Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool is the...

Back in 2015 I started posting articles (starting here) that lead up to this one-- the new CD is done! With special thanks to...

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There are some things in horn playing that truly are mysterious. One is the interaction between lip and mouthpiece and horn. As I mentioned in...

The Blue Boy (c. 1770) is the most famous work by English portrait artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). Though not related, it is often mistaken as...

Darin Sorley and I go way back to junior high school and I have embedded a few newspaper clippings in this article from that...

Way back in 1813 a comprehensive method book with sections on all the instruments was published, the Vollständige Theoretisch-pracktische Musikschule of Joseph Fröhlich....

One of the goals of this course is to prepare graduate students for comprehensive exams. One typical question asked in those exams involves outlining...

A monster of a different kind. The final creature-feature in this week's "Monster Mash" enjoyed an illustrious second career after retiring from horn playing. As...

Con't from Part I - The MPF; a victim of circumstance or symptom of a larger problem? Declining revenue from AFM-negotiated recording royalties has forced...

In the recent interview article with Bruce Richards he had a quote from our common teacher David Wakefield which reminded me of my first...
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