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Horn Matters is an Open Educational Resource 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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Next week the world of horn social media should be dominated by news from the biggest event of the year, the 47th International Horn...

Back almost five years ago I posted a brief review of a product called "finger pads." These are sold as an alternate to soldering...

These PDF, public domain low horn etudes are extracted from Volume IV the Große theortisch-praktische Horn-Schule of Josef Schantl (1842-1902). Originally published in 1904, the best known...

Originally published in 2011, Blow Your Own Horn! Horn Heresies by Berlin Philharmonic hornist Fergus McWilliam (website here) has been out in a second...

Another item that arrived for review not long ago was Monster valve oil. Backing up, horn players typically use three or four types/grades of oil...

To kick off a series of short reviews this summer, first up is the Kelly 6V mellophone mouthpiece in lexan plastic. A few years...

As part of ramping up toward the F horn recording project (series starts here) I realized that the crook I was using certainly left...

This week a legendary figure in the horn/music world passed away, Gunther Schuller. His name has come up in Horn Matters quite a few...
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The way we perform is related to the physical space we play in and the mental space we play in. First, let us consider the...

A common factor among many working orchestral professionals is cyclical repertoire - music that comes up on a performance calendar more than once, sometimes...

This coming Sunday afternoon I will be performing at Arizona State University a very attractive, recent work for horn and wind ensemble, Pele by...

Concerto competitions for a variety of instruments are common and have special problems to overcome. I just judged one here at Arizona State. To...

Discontent and disconnect From the president of the New England Conservatory comes a very interesting article that starts in Detroit and ends in the conservatory...

Another question that came in recently was that of why a person in a horn section sounded bad. In the E-mail it mentioned the...

A common problem with the Yamaha 667. A brass repair colleague remarked to me recently that he makes a lot of repairs on a particular...

As noted in part II of this series, most horn and brass teachers that disagree with elements of the Farkas approach to the embouchure...
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