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Random Monday: A new Search Engine, plus other Sundries and Persiflage

Updated search engine Horn Matters to-date houses over 1,900 articles. With a little digging around in the Archives it has been fairly easy to find specific topics of interest without too much bother. However, that process just got a whole lot easier with the recent implementation of a Google Custom Search engine. I am positively giddy […]

Hornmasters on Stopped Horn, Part III: Various Tips

Moving on, William R. Brophy in his Technical Studies for Solving Special Problems on the Horn notes that “the place at which the bell is closed” and complete closure of the bell are critical to stopped horn intonation. Generally speaking this requires inserting the hand a bit farther into the bell than for normal “open” […]

Hornmasters on Mutes

In general the topic of muted horn appears to have been of no great concern for Farkas from a technical standpoint (“with proper practice, the change in resistance caused by the mute will not be upsetting”), but certainly the mutes of the 1950s must have required more adjustments of corks than we expect to see […]

Hornmasters on Trills, Part IV: Tuckwell

As I note in an article outside the Hornmasters series, One book that is not that well known today is Playing the Horn by Barry Tuckwell. It was written by Tuckwell in much the style of being his version of The Art of French Horn Playing and was published over thirty years ago. As his […]

Hornmasters on Transposition

For younger students of the present day who are handed a copy of The Art of French Horn Playing to help them get a better start on the horn, perhaps the most confusing section is the section on transposition. It is certainly a topic for the advancing horn student to understand well, and it was explained […]

Hornmasters on Playing Loud Dynamics

Playing loud involves not just air but letting the air pass through the lips freely. Farkas in The Art of French Horn Playing gave this advice. The secret of fortissimo is in relaxing the lips so that for any given note, they are doing much less work than ordinarily. This comparative relaxation will permit the […]

Hornmasters on Endurance, Part II

Continuing from the ideas presented in part I of this series, for Barry Tuckwell in Playing the Horn stamina “is a combination of muscular development and conservation of energy.” Immensely strong people may not have to worry so much, but the average player does and should give a lot of thought and attention to saving […]