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Orchestra 101: A New Publication on Auditions and Orchestral Playing

Horn Matters readers may recall Orchestra 101, a series of over 20 articles looking at the positives and negatives of freelancing and orchestral playing as...

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...

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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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Water Keys 101

Water/spit. Key/valve. Take any combination of those in order and that is likely what you, dear reader, refer to when I say "water key". It's...

Making a Crook for a Natural Horn

As a part of the continuing series of changes and enhancements to my old Horn Articles Online site (within the ASU Horn Studio site),...

The ‘Bonus Notes’ of Dvořák’s 7th Symphony

Of all the symphonies of Antonin Dvořák my favorite is the 7th. While his 9th symphony is epic and immensely more popular, and the...

Practice More Effectively by Listening to Music

The latest episode (120) of The Mellocast is on the topic of practice, and one of the main points made is that you can...

Mid-South 2011 Part I: The Most Popular Horn Quartet Composer and...

The opening day for the 2011 Mid-South Horn Workshop, hosted by Dr. Paul Stevens at the University of Kansas, was a big day! I arrived...

Monster Mash Horn Section Week Begins

Hallowed Ween Humor Believe it or not...when not terrorizing innocent villagers with their wild antics, the classic Hollywood monsters we know and love played the...
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