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How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until today (!) is the topic of how to hold a stop mute.** My...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up quite a number of times in years of teaching is the warm up, and more specifically on how...

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....

Tilt, the Secret to Mid-Low Range Power

People are always looking for horn secrets. One difficult range for many players is the “cash register” just below the staff, getting the notes...

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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 102

So, you decided to install a water key or two or three on your horn. You just take it to your technician and say, "Put...

What Horn Best Suits Beginners?

The standard line for many teachers is single F horn is the best for beginners, traditional tone, etc. Is this pedagogical approach stuck in...

Brief Review: Even More Dennis Brain Recordings

This past week I heard from a former student who had looked over my top 10 CD list. In the list I include the...

RIP Horn Players’ FAQ

As many know, a classic horn site, The Horn Players' FAQ, is no longer. It was active from 1995 until July of 2007 and...

On the Horn Parts in the Scherzo of Mahler 5

One of the great orchestral works featuring the horn is the Symphony No. 5 of Mahler. The full work itself has six horn parts....

On Mastering a Brass Trio CD

Back in the Spring I recorded a brass trio CD with ASU colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda. After editing the project thoroughly (more...
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