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Regular readers will know already that I am very interested in the recent (and still ongoing) MRI horn studies led by Dr. Peter Iltis...

Recently I was pointed toward some relatively recent research that indicates that a less strenuous warm-up gets better results. For example, this article from...

Since doing the interviews with Peter Iltis (MRI horn) last summer (more here) I have been pondering a related topic, horn intonation and vowel...

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...

Last up in this brief series looking at some of my favorite works for the horn from the 20th century (all included in my...

Continuing this brief series looking at 20th century works I chose to include on my Canto CD, next up is Im Tiefsten Walde, Op....

We all like good music, and a lot of wonderful music for the horn was composed in the 20th century. I have five favorites...

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Pictures from the big event Bruce Richards shares a lot of very nice pictures from the recent British Horn Society event at the Royal Opera...

FECHOPS -- Iron Chops -- that was on the license plate of Calvin Smith. It is with sadness we at Horn Matters report his...

Last September I posted pictures of my home office space in "Anatomy of a Practice Space."  Here is a look inside my mouthpiece pouch,...

On practice records - continued from Part I. One common type of reflective learning method used in educational settings is journaling -- the process of...

A look behind-the-scenes. If I were to pick an different career for a different lifetime I would strongly consider brass instrument manufacturing and repair. The...

Not everyone out there is a fan of tuners. This fall I have been working on a specific warmup routine to improve intonation, and...

Wednesday was quite a busy day where I again had to make some choices. I was planning to start the day by hearing Annie Bosler...

To conclude this short series I will step away from old horn methods and focus in on my take on the exhale and points...
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