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Kyle Hayes, Editor

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The Art of Listening

by Michael Reedy

As a young musician, I see that many of my peers have an idea of what tone quality is but they lack a firm understanding of how they can fix or practice this portion of their horn playing. Many will agree that tone quality is one of the most important factors when transitioning from a high school mentality to that of college and beyond. This mentality of tone production is one's interpretation of what the "ideal" horn sound should be and how it should be played. Because this is neglected, many small "bad habits" can be a result.

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PLAYing the Horn:

Some Practical Advice to Help You De-Stress

by Abby Kattentidt

Sometimes all it takes is a reminder. One day in a lesson, my horn professor looked at me with a hint of a smile and look of understanding and said, "Abby...remember that you PLAY the horn." I was packing up at the time and his words stopped me in my tracks. I looked at him with bewilderment at first, and then a smile crept onto my face. I nodded, thanked him, and left quietly.

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Summer Fun with the French Horn:

Warm-up Tips I Learned from Across the Country

By Kathryn Peterson

During the summer of 2007, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study horn in several states across this great nation of ours.  I learned many new playing strategies and techniques during my summer adventures to Interlochen's Horn Institute in Michigan, University of Texas Longhorn Band Camp in Austin, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on the Big Island, and the American Horn Quartet Summer Workshop in Daytona Beach, Florida. However, the most important of these things was the warm-up.   Before attending these camps, I had no idea how important warming up was.  I took different parts from each warm-up and created my own which I use in my daily practice.

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