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Horn Matters is the leading online resource on the French horn, co-founded by John Ericson and Bruce Hembd. The mission of Horn Matters isto encourage, inspire, inform, and challenge horn players, and; to promote the best musical instrument ever, the French horn. (More.)

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Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

Those familiar with older horn publications will recall a classic 1962 book by Gunther Schuller titled Horn Technique. It is so compact that you can practically...

As a final point in this series of deeper insights related to raising a handicapped child it would be this: giving up is not...

Working with my son these few years the thing that has recently worked the best has been a technique called “Positive Behavior Support.” Without...

Turning a bit of a corner, as time went on as a teacher I realized that there are essentially two types of confidence. What got...

Some things I have learned on a deeper level over the course of raising my son. When he was little it was more to...

One topic I have only rarely touched on here in Horn Matters is something that has impacted my life and teaching in rather deep...

Back in 2015 I had an article looking toward the modern, paperless hornist. More and more works are available as files rather than printed...

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More myth busting David Wilken offers a very reasoned counter-argument to perceived dangers that playing "on the red" (an embouchure that rests completely within the...

Having heard a few good things about the recent book A Devil to Play by Jasper Rees I ordered it from Amazon.com and it...

Sometimes you just have to pack your bags. The water well runs dry and it is time to move on. A previous article on the...

One of our goals with Horn Matters is educational, and with the background provided by the first two articles in this series we can...

An excellent tool to make YouTube videos portable. More and more I like to use brief videos in music lessons to illustrate various things that...

Joining metal parts is critical for making and repairing your instrument, but most players don't know the terminology or the reasons for each type...

I don't particularly like to do this, but occasionally I encounter a student that absolutely needs to be poked with a stick. Repeatedly. The...

When I think of summer part of what I think about is playing summer band concerts in the park. That thought reminded me of...
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