horn playing



A new resource is available for horn players from John Ericson, horn professor at Arizona State University. According to John’s description on his Horn Notes Edition page: A practical collection of inventive scale and arpeggio exercises to develop technique and intonation, carefully selected from the classic horn method books of […]

New Horn Studies from John Ericson



Although I don’t use these terms at all in my teaching, bubbles, clicks, and bumps are an important thing for teachers and students to be aware of. These terms are used by horn player (and composer/conductor) Gunther Schuller to describe various imperfections in articulations, slurs and the slotting of notes. […]

Bubbles and Clicks and Bumps (and Mouthpieces), Oh My!





It’s almost September, which means high school and band camps are well underway (or done). One of the hardest shifts that most brass players make is the switch between “summer chops” and “band camp chops”. Most brass players play very little from June-August. Even those that do practice usually don’t […]

Prepare for Fall Band Camp (and Auditions!)




It’s July, and for high school and college bands, that means marching band. For French horn players, that means it’s time to (temporarily) put down the concert horns and pick up a mellophone or marching horn. Since there aren’t many resources available for mellophone players, I’ve decided to put together […]

New Page: A Mellophone Starter’s Guide