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Hornmasters on Stopped Horn, Part IV: Hill and Beyond

One of the best know publications of Douglas Hill is Extended Techniques for the Horn: A Practical Handbook for Students, Performers and Composers. This is an extremely comprehensive resource, and perhaps in reflection of that comprehensive study his section on the topic in Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance looks not […]

Hornmasters on Trills, Part V: Wekre and Hill

Frøydis Ree Wekre feels lip trills are an excellent way to build strength, and has exercises to develop trills in Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well. She encourages attention to the following points. Be sure to keep the upper lip free (no pressure or minimal pressure) to vibrate and change pitches easily. Some players recommend […]

Hornmasters on Mouthpiece Pressure, Part III: Yet More

To close this series on mouthpiece pressure we have notes from four more recent sources. David Kaslow does not favor excessive mouthpiece pressure in Living Dangerously with the Horn, as he sees it at least in part as a means to induce courage. Among these inappropriate efforts to gain courage is the use of excessive […]

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 Soft Dynamics

Any fine horn player or teacher is concerned with the development and control of the full range of orchestral horn dynamics. For Farkas in The Art of French Horn Playing the key for producing a controlled soft dynamic was his concept of the aperture. When working to develop a fine pianissimo, remember that the very small […]

Hornmasters on the Low Range, Part II

In part I of this series on the low range, quotations from a number of older horn texts were presented that in brief give an overview of the most frequently made suggestions for low range improvement. But what might also have been noted by readers is that no one older source is particularly comprehensive on […]

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 to the French Horn notes that The day of the high or low horn ‘specialist’ is over. Composers today call upon all members of the horn section to play in […]