Brief Reviews: Low Horn Etudes, Intermediate Studies, and Lip Slurs

Up today are three brief reviews of recent horn publications recently received. First up are the 15 Low Horn Etudes by Ricardo Matosinhos. Published in 2013 by Phoenix Music Publications as part of their brass method books series, these etudes (dedicated to Sarah Willis) are challenging and of varied styles. Several are in more of […]

Press Release: Two Second Editions from Horn Notes Edition

Tempe, AZ, September 12, 2013. Two books, Introducing the Horn and A Mello Catechism, have been released by Horn Notes Edition in second editions in PDF E-Book format. One of its bestselling titles since its release in 2007 has been Introducing the Horn. Although written to be understandable and useful for a younger student that […]

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Tone Down the Electronics to Focus


A blog I follow by a former student (from when I was on the summer faculty of the Brevard Music Center) is Zen and the Art of Horn Playing.  She keeps her identity hidden on the site itself [see UPDATE], so I won’t reveal her full name here, but she recently posted a very nice […]

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Press Releases for September 2, 2013: IHCA Winners and Horn Hangouts


The International Horn Competition of America was held this past weekend in Louisville, KY, and [UPDATED] the official press release of the results is below. Announcing the Prize Winners of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, Professional Division: First Prize, $2,500 – Haley Hoops (Othmar Schoeck concerto) Second Prize, $1,000 – Mary Beth Orr […]

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Hook up your Low Range


Every year after ensemble placement auditions at ASU thoughts will come to mind. I was really happy overall with the quality and results of the auditions, but as I reflect on them a theme has been low range power. In short, you have to have some power in the low range and it is a […]

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Alphorn World Record!


Yesterday a world record was smashed! The old record was 366 alphorns, but according to Reuters, “508 players broke a record set in 2009.” Read the full story here, with a great overall photo of the world record group. I got to the article via Facebook (hat tip to TM), and was particularly interested see […]

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Twelve Characteristics that Define Great Hornists


This next year I plan to devote significant time to completing several book projects, and in one of those I plan to include a foreword on the topic of characteristics that make and define great horn players. The list will be more fully fleshed out later, but I thought it would be a good idea […]

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