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A student remembers Franz Strauss

Recently I was asked about the source of a great quote from the last student of Franz Strauss. Having made a solo CD of...

Brief review: Duet Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

Continuing with his Millennium Kopprasch series, the latest installment from Jeffrey Agrell is Duet Kopprasch. Stepping back a second, I believe many people have imagined...

PSA: How many mouthpieces should you own?

In my recent article of bad horn advice I suggested that a serious student of the horn needs to own at least 5 mouthpieces....

Does your lip touch your mouthpiece cup?

I had heard trombone players speak of this, their upper lip does enter the cup a bit and touches the cup when they vibrate....
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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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Hornmasters: Farkas and Schuller on the High Range

High range development in 1956 and today remains a major goal of students of the horn. Philip Farkas in The Art of French Horn...

Humor: Never Sit in Front of Trumpets

A new inductee into the "Hubie" Hall of Fame. UPDATE: Sept. 9, 2009. Link updated. This site has been around for a while, but I discovered...

Random Monday: Beer, Community Orchestras, Art Song and Beat-Boxing

Beer as a brass polish? An article titled "5 New Uses for Beer" had me wondering if this technique would work on an un-lacquered brass...

Copyright week, part V: On dissertations, exercises, and other closing thoughts

Creative enterprise comes in many forms, and research/scholarship is certainly a type of creative enterprise impacted by copyright. “Back in the day,” writing my DM...

“Seven Deadly Sins” of Horn Playing

Originally posted to the old HTML Horn Notes Blog on 1/10/05, this is one of my favorite posts ever. An event known as "A.I.R. Horns"...

The Usability of Data and Feedback

Usability is a big buzzword in web and computer design. With empirical data, countless reports and studies can guide developers towards making better, more user-friendly...
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