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A surprising truth about horn professors

Back a few years I wrote an article on horn professors and accurate biographies. Following up on that topic briefly, I’m one now! Full...

How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up a number of times over years of teaching is the warmup, and more specifically how your chops should...

How to Practice Maxime-Alponse Book 6

One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long....

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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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A Couple Classes I Wish I had Taken as an Undergrad

There are a couple courses I wish I had taken as an undergraduate--courses normally taken by music education students. While my undergrad degree is in...

Horn-tastic TV Show Themes (III)

From the world of Star Trek. Science fiction and fantasy shows, and the French horn seem to go together like a hand in a glove....

From the Mailbag: The Horn Emergency Repair Kit

One recent question that came in is a practical one, of what to keep in your case. A reader wrote, “I'm wondering what I...

The spectacle of the horn in Baroque works

This originally was posted as part of a review of Day two of the 2012 International Horn Symposium in Denton, TX. This concert was...

Achieving the Ultimate Articulation, Slur, and Tone Quality

Another article from the archive of the original HTML Horn Notes Blog, first posted on11/8/04. This past year we have been honored to have IHS...

Two Suggestions to Improve Accuracy

Following up on recent end of semester juries and lessons, two thoughts came to mind related to improving accuracy. 1. Get a BERP. I have not...
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