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A look at the IVASI Horn Club Starter Kit

IVASI (Interactive Video Audition System International) is a product that should be familiar to horn teachers out there, as it has been...

Revisiting the “buzz pipe”

I’ve had phases where I made much use of a B.E.R.P. device for buzzing on the mouthpiece to work on improvement of...

Looking closer at the topic of breath support with Eli Epstein

Those familiar with my teaching know that I almost never use the term “support,” and when I do I add disclaimers about...

Wellness, practice, and how to actually improve

This semester our guest for our horn day was Richard Seraphinoff. One focus was on injury and wellness, and that is a...
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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...

Random Articles

Pet Peeve: So Don’t Attend Concerts

One thing I recall hearing said about my major professor at Indiana University, Michael Hatfield, was that he was a great example of a...

Opposites Attract: Thinking about a Balanced Approach

A balanced approach to practicing. For years I used to beat my face with endless blasting and loud dynamic drills in the hopes to gain...

The Top Three Horn Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to follow your interests. There are three primary horn-related podcasts to know about as of 2018, all of which...

Two Embouchures

Random comparison. While watching the old Anvil Films movie of Dennis Brain playing the Beethoven Op. 17, something seemed a bit familiar. While the angles of...

5 Tips on Creativity and Being Creative, from John Cleese

Within last week's Random Wednesday article a video was included of actor John Cleese speaking on the topic of creativity. Mr. Cleese is a very good...

A look at the Fantasie, Op. 2 of Franz Strauss

As noted in my recent article on the Theme and Variations, Op. 13, of Franz Strauss, in 2003 I released an album I titled...
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