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A surprising truth about horn professors

Back a few years I wrote an article on horn professors and accurate biographies. Following up on that topic briefly, I’m one now! Full...

How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up a number of times over years of teaching is the warmup, and more specifically how your chops should...

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....

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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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Quote from Benjamin Franklin

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. This is one good reason for visiting web sites like Horn Matters, reading horn-related texts...

University of Horn Matters: The Horn in the Classical Period

By the end of the eighteenth century two primary types of natural horns were found in general use, the most common being the orchestral...

A Screw Loose on Conn 8D

A word from the wise. Whenever I use my Conn 8D, I am always careful to check on the screw that keeps the thumb lever...

Commentary: A Popular Meme on Mouthpieces that is Wrong

I have seen the following meme go around Facebook several times: As a horn teacher I have to say this meme, while it sounds like...

Hornmasters: Merewether on Horns

Richard Merewether writes at length about actual horn design in The horn, the horn… Merewether was for many years also a professional hornist in...

On Not Distracting Other Players

This is the final article I will be posting from the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog, originally dated 7/17/05 and posted with...
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