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On teaching styles of horn teachers, and creativity

Not too long ago a colleague made an offhand comment about another teacher, saying they were a “method” teacher. That observation, and looking at...

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

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...

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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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How Much Should an Advanced Horn Player Practice?

From the archive of the original HTML Horn Notes Blog, dated 10/1/04, this article outlines a general approach to practice. At the time at...

Horn Repertoire Week 6: Who Invented Hand-Horn Technique, and the Early...

This week our look at horn history crosses an important boundary  The roots of hand horn technique will probably always be shrouded in some mystery,...

Ask Dave: How Do I Fix the Cork on my Water...

Tyler asks: Hey Dave! The cork on my water key is leaking and needs to be replaced. I'm not seeing anywhere to buy a pre-shaped cork...

Interview: Laurence Lowe on Coming Back to Playing Horn from a...

One question that comes up often is how to best come back from a playing break, especially one of months or years. Of all...

Hornmasters: Tips on How to Practice

An initial suggestion made by Farkas in The Art of French Horn Playing is to make a chart and plan your practice day. But...

On the single F horn, part VII: Progress!

When I last posted about my current CD project in September (here), things seemed to be moving along well and actually they were. Then...
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