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On teaching styles of horn teachers, and creativity

Not too long ago a colleague made an offhand comment about another teacher, saying they were a “method” teacher. That observation, and looking at...

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

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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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From the Natural Horn to the Triple Horn

Back at IHS Denver one of the sessions I presented related to comparing the natural horn and the triple horn. This photo was for...

Horns as Stage Props, IV (M*A*S*H*)

The long-running series M*A*S*H* takes place during the Korean War and features an emergency medical unit that is located near the front battle line....

Horn Section Placement on the Stage or in the Pit

I believe that am the type of person who can generally get along with most anyone. The most heated argument I have got into...

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day: Thoughts on Writing 1,000 Articles

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,...

Prejudice and Bias in the Horn World

As noted in prior posts, I have been reading A Devil to Play by Jasper Rees. I went back to it last night and...

Review: Hornlessons.org

A reader recently sent me a link to Hornlessons.org, a website that offers video instruction in the horn by Andrew M. McAfee, horn instructor...
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