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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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Random Monday: Gustav Scores, Johann’s Secret and Leutgeb’s Ghost

Mahler's Personal Score Through Kenneth Woods this treasure was found -- Gustav Mahler's annotated, personal copy of his first symphony at the NY Phil web...

A Memory from High School

A newspaper clipping from years past. Thanks to a Facebook friend from high school, I have this newspaper clipping from the early 1980's. It was...

Farkas on Lip “Curling”

I spent the summer looking at many different books on horn playing in depth. Farkas in print was not into the whole concept of...

Review: A New 3/4 Size Double Horn for Young Hornists

At AMEA in January I saw a new double horn that should be a model that generates some interest out there, the Nirschl D-500...

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...

Hornmasters on Trills, Part II: Various Tips

Gunther Schuller addressed the topic of the lip trill in Horn Technique from the practical standpoint of viewing it “more as a means of...
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