horn technique


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




The future of horn playing
A new post over at HornMatters.com by John Ericson about the future of French horn playing raise some very interesting points about the negative side of “traditional pedagogy”, and raises quite a few good points for teachers (and students) who want to continue to move forward. Tradition Vs. Progress The […]

Tradition vs Progress in Horn Pedagogy and Playing



Most brass players know the importance of a good warm-up. This is probably the single most important session of playing that you do each day since it gives you a chance to focus on the basics of playing. If you’re curious about some of the exercises that I use with […]

Minimum Viable Warm-up – Never Feel Unprepared for Playing!