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Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...

And now, A Mello Catechism, third edition

Of all my publications, I think the one that has mystified the most people has been the mellophone book. I even thought about dropping...

Now available: The Low Horn Boot Camp, second edition

Continuing the series of updated editions, today the focus is on the updated and expanded second edition of The Low Horn Boot Camp. The...

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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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A Fingering Chart for Single F, Double, and Single B-flat Horns

I know from the blog stats that people are looking for fingering charts for the horn. Typically horn fingering charts are somewhat confusing as they...

PDF Duets and Etudes from the Otto Langey Tutor for French...

One of my strong interests is the history of horn pedagogy, and over the years I have accumulated quite a number of interesting horn...

An Interpretive Approach to Siegfried’s Horn Call

A good place to start when studying the horn calls from Siegfried or the Rhine Journey is within the character of Siegfried himself....

Random Monday: Raspberries and other Cherry-Pickings

The evils of brass instruments There are thousands of homes in this land made wretched because of the husband or the son is a slave...

Mid-South 2011 Part III: Ghetto Descant Horns and Other Final Tales

The first event of the final day was a group warm-up session with Jeffrey Agrell, a type of session I like to get to...

At the Opera, Guns and Pills Don’t Mix

From backstage at a production of Don Giovanni. When I wandered backstage at the current Arizona Opera production of Don Giovanni and saw the props...
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