horn technique


I think that it goes without saying that Julie Landsman has had an incredible and inspiring career. Julie was the principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for an incredible 25 years (1985-2010), a teacher at Julliard since 1989, and has long been a proponent of mind and body balance […]

Interview(s) with Julie Landsman


Too much pressure. Incorrect mouthpiece placement. Too much “smile” in the embouchure. Lousy right-hand position. Too little attention to intention. These are some of the bad habits I’ve had in my playing over the past 20+ years of playing the horn. These bad habits weren’t learned overnight, and moving past […]

Looking to Remove Bad Habits? Two Strategies You May Not ...




The Chicago Symphony is probably best known for their incredible brass section. The sound of the CSO brass section has been a legend for decades, and one of the core components of any great brass section is the French horn section! In this episode of Horn Hangouts, Sarah Willis sits […]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Horn Hangout




I recently stumbled across TromboneTools.com, a website by David Vining. David Vining is the trombone professor at the University of Northern Arizona and a co-owner of Mountain Peak Music, as well as a member of the Flagstaff Symphony and a freelance trombonist. Although (obviously) geared toward trombone players, TromboneTools.com features […]

A New (To Me) Resource for Brass Players



It’s been a bit long in coming, but I’ve finally added a new post to my French Horn Boot Camp series – this time I’ve covered fingering charts. Things I’ve covered: The Hidden Problem with Fingering Charts While horn fingering charts are pretty simple in general, they don’t give you all the […]

New French Horn Boot Camp Page: Fingering Charts