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Something my father used to often say, of big projects, was that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That is a very appropriate thought,...

Received recently was a message with questions on my CD project that I mentioned in the summer/fall. It is coming! The articles on this...

In the Horn Matters inbox this past week was this brief question: Hi! I'm performing these two pieces for a  exam next week. Any final artistic or...

Two more new publications have arrived, designed to help build intonation and technique and available through Horn Notes Edition. Great technique is a must. Toward the...

This article of tips on taking auditions was originally posted to the site in early 2009, but was later cut (along with a large group...

Available now from Horn Notes Edition is the first of several publications for 2016, a group of twelve etudes I have composed in a modern...

With the 2016 New Year we are offering a new format and pricing structure for our banner ads. We have had banner ads at Horn Matters...

Quite a few commercial recordings are now showing up on YouTube. Not long before Christmas I discovered in fact that the full content of...

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As I think back on it many summers I have had a “project” of some sort. This summer I plan to play quite a...

UPDATE: See Part II Playing chamber music as a career can be like a marriage, goes the popular notion. Shortly after graduating from Eastman, I ...

A long tone in disguise. This download is a PDF version of a long tone exercise which expands on a concept illustrated in a previous...

Ravel's horn This one - a Ravel - is advertised as being in F. I wonder if that is major or minor? Carrying a case on...

A mother's story with her daughter She wanted to audition for French horn in the symphony connected with the college. She knew she wasn’t...

A questioner asks: I'm a freshman in high school, and Im playing Mozart horn concerto no 2 in e flat major k. 417 for an...

As has been my habit for a number of years, in less than two weeks I will present my annual solo horn recital. This...

This past year I have been in contact with several players who have had embouchure problems, including focal dystonia. These can be very serious...
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