The French horn is a beautiful, majestic instrument that has been captivating audiences for generations. Whether you are an experienced musician looking for something new or a beginner who has never before touched an instrument, learning to play the French horn can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The French horn offers a range of sounds that few other instruments can match. With its mellow tone and airy timbre, it can provide the perfect accompaniment to many different styles of music. The sound is much smoother than that of a regular horn due to its bell shape, which helps create a richer tone.
One thing that could prove challenging for some learners is the physical size of the instrument itself. The size of a French Horn can make it difficult for small hands or arms to reach all of the necessary keys in order to play properly. As such, children under nine years old may struggle with this particular aspect of learning.
Playing the French horn will help develop your coordination and dexterity in ways no other activity could. Many musicians prefer playing the French horn over other brass instruments because it requires less breath support and can be played with greater finesse and accuracy due to its fingerings being closer together than those on other types of horns. Plus, with its wide range of sounds and textures, it is sure to keep players engaged for years to come!
Simply put, this enables support of the instrument. The bell faces backward while the instrument plays on its side. The right hand is placed in the bell while the left hand presses the values, making support while playing much easier.
It also help with funneling the sound. With the hand in the bell, the player can control the volume allowing the French horn to accompany the other instruments rather than dominate over the others.
Hand stopping is a technique used by the player to help achieve a higher pitch. The player will place their entire hand in the bell blocking the bell pipe. With the increased accumulation pressure, the tone will be approximately a semitone higher.
Yes, there are several different French horns that also play in different keys.
With the school being conveniently located in Orange Park, it is just a short drive for our students from Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Oakleaf, and Jacksonville.
For those who are not local, virtual lessons are also available.