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One question I am asked about fairly often is about fixing mute corks. The worst offenders are some recent mutes with "peel and stick"...

Horn playing is fun! For some readers, they certainly agree, yes, it is fun! But for others, maybe not so much. It is an...

In a very recent Horn People discussion there was a topic posted related to triple horns, more specifically to the question of if the...

There are so many interesting resources on YouTube, and today we have three that in various ways relate to recent horn news. First up, unless...

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

One Internet resource not that well known among horn players is the Horn Opera Project website of Ericka Tyner Grodrian. Dr. Grodrian is horn professor...

You want me to stop missing notes? I need a new mouthpiece I’ve been feeling down about the election and need a new mouthpiece to...

As noted in my recent article on the Theme and Variations, Op. 13, of Franz Strauss, in 2003 I released an album I titled...

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Last weekend I noted that in Episode 120 of The Mellocast the topic of Focal Dystonia came up with jazz hornist Mark Taylor. There...

Yesterday I was involved with a DMA defense of an interesting project on overuse injury prevention in string players. A number of the topics...

Performance suggestions. I had the pleasure of performing this piece - Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte - over the weekend and while it is...

This week we had a surprise visitor to our horn studio class at Arizona State, Jeff Nelsen, formerly of the Canadian Brass and presently...

Recently I had some some email exchanges with Rob Jones, an award-winning artisan who sculpts in wood. In our exchange he offered some specific...

There are so many interesting resources on YouTube, and today we have three that in various ways relate to recent horn news. First up, unless...

Reviews of some of my favorite things. Over the years, a handful of French horn music collections and editions have gotten my repeated attention; these...

Many times when I am in the orchestra pit audience members will stop by and look inside. Sometimes - from the musician perspective - it...
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