French Horn Exercises


Here are some basic horn exercises that I use a lot in my current teaching.  These exercises can be used both as a warm-up and to solve specific technique or musical problems. Remember that there is no “magic bullet” exercise – make sure your brain and ears are engaged while doing all of these!

All the bass clef in these exercises is written in new notation. If you don’t know what that means, I’ve got a short summary of the differences between new and old notation over on this page.

This list is not final or complete. More things will be added as I write them out for students. If you have a specific exercise you’d like written out, or a problem in your playing that you want to address, feel free to contact me – I may be able to help you out! I also offer lessons both in-person and online, so if you are interested in one-on-one help, see my French Horn lessons page.

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French Horn Instruction/How-To:

French Horn Exercises:

Each link below will take you to my Google Drive page, where you can view, download, or print these PDF files.

Basic Horn Information

Warm-up Horn Exercises

Scale & Arpeggio Sheets

Other Horn Exercises

Other Information:

Everything on this page is provided for free. However, running this site costs both money and time. If you’ve found these things useful, please consider a small donation via my Paypal page.

Even More Horn Music!

If you’re looking for horn solo music for solo and ensemble or an audition, I’ve got a whole list of solo music for horn sorted by difficulty over on this page. I’ve also included many of the most common etude books used by horn players, from Kopprasch, to Gallay, to Verne Reynolds – there’s something for every level of player from beginning to college!