Horn Matters | A French Horn and Brass Site Resource
Horn Matters is an online magazine co-founded by John Ericson and Bruce Hembd. They bring together a wide range of experiences, tips, and stories to Horn Matters. Follow this blog to find information on the French horn, brass related topics, and the field of classical music.
One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until today (!) is the topic of how to hold a stop mute.** My method of choice was what I would call the “caveman” approach, holding it tightly in place with my hand around the stem of the mute. You don’t want to drop […]
A topic that has come up quite a number of times in years of teaching is the warm up, and more specifically on how your chops should feel after the warm up is done. Speaking very generally your chops should feel good. This is part of the enjoyment of the warm up for me. I […]
Periodically it is a good idea to look back, take stock. Especially of your more enterprising things, is there a return on the investment? How did you really do? What could you change to improve? In my case, I have had now for ten years (!) a series of publications. Early on sales were solid, […]
A very steady seller in the Horn Notes Edition line of publications for many years now has been Playing the Wagner Tuba, a Handbook for Hornists. This is now available in an updated second edition as a Kindle ePublication. Purchase for $9.99 here. Playing the Wagner Tuba: A Handbook for Hornists, second edition A complete, […]
Starting the year I thought it might be interesting to see exactly which of my Horn Matters articles from 2017 ranked the highest in our site stats. To begin, however, I must admit there are hundreds and hundreds of articles in the site higher ranked than even the best one below. We can thank Google […]
Every so often I get a big idea. A recent one was to update the best of my publications into new editions and sell them exclusively as Kindle ePublications. Part of that update process was text revisions, with the most heavily updated books being the low horn book and also the mellophone book. Contrary to what […]
A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main points to consider strongly. Get a good edition There is an edition that many students in the USA use, the original Schirmer edition. They use it because it contains all four […]
Continuing the series of updated editions, today the focus is on the updated and expanded second edition of The Low Horn Boot Camp. The original edition (2016) clearly was seeing use in the horn world, and with this update there are more Bordogni vocalises, the text is considerably longer,** and there are exercises and more! Purchase […]
Facebook has been in the news. Not long ago some general thoughts were presented (here) in relation to horn makers, dealers, and publishers and Facebook. To Horn Matters more specifically, there are concerns beyond the privacy issues all over the news. One is a minor annoyance; when posting articles, Facebook used to always automatically pick […]
One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long. There is a tip given in the book itself, however, as to how to use this book. The idea presented by the author** is that you are to work on the […]
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