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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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Podcast on IHS 2011, and At What Age, a new Jazz...

One of the great things for me at IHS 2011 this summer was meeting and hearing jazz hornist Mark Taylor. For several years now...

Quote of the Week–Gardner on the High Register

If you are looking for a book to read over break, the Randy Gardner book is to be recommended. In particular I found this...

Random Friday: Equilibrium, Paralysis, Authenticity and Comedy

Photoshop challenge At Fark.com, users were given the challenge to superimpose a Venus-brand single B-flat horn into other photos. As an avid Photoshop user myself, I...

Developments in Horn Mute Design in the 20th Century

In working on the Hornmasters series article on Mutes (which may be read here) I was reminded of just how far we have come...

Luncheon on the Grass; A Respite for Foxes and Hunters

Every dog has its day. Generating both laughter and scandal in its day, Edouard Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863) was unusual not only for...

The Best Horn is a Matter of Perspective

One thing I am often asked after horn workshops is which horn I liked the best. Over time one thing has become clearer to...
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