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If you still say “clams” for missed notes …

… maybe you are getting old. I have noticed something, confirmed by current students and a former student teaching...

Brief review: Recipe for Success — a new method for young...

Anyone who teaches lessons to young horn players knows already, not only are there limited materials easily available to teach from, but...

Yet more horn podcasts to check out

Besides posting a couple new episodes recently, I was recently pointed toward a couple new or new to me horn podcasts to...

Minimalist horn etudes

Years ago a friend pointed me toward Glassworks, the great 1982 album by the minimalist composer Philip Glass.
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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: Fox on Tone Production

One of the things I enjoy in working on this series of quotes from classic horn method books is seeing different perspectives on topics....

Music and Passion

A talk by Benjamin Zander. A few months ago, my wife was treated to a presentation by Benjamin Zander. She was so impressed that it...

A Gringo in Mexico, Part II

A rude awakening in Mexico City - continuing the story from Part I. Shortly after being educated on the term gringo and its potential derogatory...

Video: Alpine Legend, and More for April Fools

April Fools produces some good humor. Two horn related items to not miss. First, following up on the widely successful Sousaphone Hero, Xbox just released...

From the Mailbag: The Horn Emergency Repair Kit

One recent question that came in is a practical one, of what to keep in your case. A reader wrote, “I'm wondering what I...

Tip: Develop the X Factor in Your Playing

UPDATE: For more on auditions and orchestral playing, see my publication, Orchestra 101. The text in the article below was adapted into a section...
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