Horn Matters is the leading online resource on the French horn, co-founded by John Ericson and Bruce Hembd. The mission of Horn Matters is: to encourage, inspire, inform, and challenge horn players, and; to promote the best musical instrument ever, the French horn. (More.)

Most Recent Articles

Introducing the French Horn Warmup Collection

With the summer project of converting my E-book publications back to being available in print versions, there were sections of several books...

Mozart K407 – We should be playing this work more often

In my summer practice I’ve kept coming back to the Mozart Quintet for horn and strings K407, and the more I look...

Print books are back! And a brief production history of Horn...

The headline is correct, seven books of mine that since 2018 have only been available in Kindle format are available again as...

Take the 50% of the time practice challenge

Metronome. Tuner. How much do you use them in your practice? At Arizona State we have a new trumpet...
- - Please visit: Horn Notes Edition - -

Featured Articles

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...

Random Articles

Looking Back at September 2009: 5 Months of Horn Matters

Tooting our own horn.Although it has only been around since September 1, 2009, HORNMATTERS has a unique and long history behind it. John and I have...

Two Recent Resources for Performance Enhancement

One thing I have observed especially in juries (performance exams) is that players who are perhaps not technically as strong as others in the...

Hornmasters: Berv on Building Endurance

Following up on the post from yesterday, I really do find the “response” of Harry Berv to The Art of French Horn Playing interesting....

Parody: The Dire and Most Serious Consequences of a Frenched Horn

Last week it was the memes. Today, it is the mimes. They are equally as ridiculous as memes and this particular duo is up to...

On Horn Student Success

Many horn students are graduating these few weeks. One metric used to judge the success of horn teachers is how many of their students...

The Issue of Weight and Different Horns

This summer I have several projects and performances in preparation. Besides presenting on the Wagner tuba at the IHS event in Denver I will...
PDF Library