French Horn Resources


French Horn Equipment Resources
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Mouthpiece Comparison Chart

french horn mouthpiece comparison chart

Looking to change or upgrade your mouthpiece, but don’t know much about it? I’ve put the crucial measurements of over 500 mouthpieces in one place – making it easier for you to compare and contrast. Check it out!

 

Choosing a Mouthpiece

Mouthpieces

Having trouble deciding where to begin your mouthpiece search? You’re not alone. Here is a bit about my own mouthpiece journey, and some useful ways to narrow down your mouthpiece search!

 

Types of French Horns

single F alto horn

Alexander triple horn

Confused about the difference between single horns, double horns, triple horns, descant horns, and all the rest? This page sorts out the most common (and a few uncommon) types of instruments that you’ll run across!

 

Buying A French Horn

Buying a French Horn

Buying a horn can be stressful! The number of different brands and models alone can be overwhelming, plus the high price tag and the existence of cheap knock-off horns make it hard to decide without expert help. This guide should help you separate the good horns from the bad!

 

French Horn Accessories

french horn accessories

Need a new French horn mute, or case? Curious about practice aids, stop mutes or other horn necessities? You’ll find information on all those things here, plus some useful items every musician should own!

 

Apps for Musicians

Smartphones are a great asset to musicians. Never before has it been possible to carry an accurate strobe tuner, a fully-featured metronome, a recording studio, a practice log and more in your pocket! Here are some of the best apps for any musician on iOS or Android!

French Horn Music Resources
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French Horn Exercises

Looking for some new warm-up ideas? Need work on scales, slurs, lip trills, or other aspects of horn playing? I’ve got all sorts of French horn exercises for all levels of player – beginner to advanced – available for free!

 

French Horn Music

French horn sheet music

Looking for repertoire ideas for a concerto competition or Solo and Ensemble? Need a new etude book for a student (or for yourself)? Here are hundreds of different titles, categorized by difficulty. This page also includes books on performance anxiety, French history, general musical knowledge, and some great biographies of notable musicians!

 

French Horn Recordings

Looking for some recordings of your favorite orchestral or horn repertoire? Need to help a student find their sound? Here is a listing of some of the most iconic horn solos, chamber music, and orchestral recordings of the past and present.

 

French Horn Etude Walkthroughs

Kopprasch 6

Having trouble with Kopprasch? I’ve got recordings and helpful advice for some of the most popular Kopprasch etudes. More etudes and walkthroughs are forthcoming – so check back!

 

French Horn Technique Resources
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French Horn Cleaning and Maintenance

Keeping your French horn clean and in good working order isn’t difficult, but regular maintenance is essential! Here are the basics of horn maintenance that anyone can (and should) do!

 

French Horn Tuning

French horn tuning

Tuning the French horn can be challenge for many players. Which note(s) to tune, which slide(s) to move, and how to do it all quickly are all covered here. Along with pictures explaining the functions of all the slides.

 

 

French Horn Right Hand Position

French horn right hand position

For some horn players (and band directors) the French horn player’s right hand is a mystery. While nothing beats an in-person lesson, here are some guidelines about how to find the best position for your right hand.

 

French Horn Transposition

Kopprasch 8

For many young horn players, transposition is one of those skills that is ignored as long as possible. However, with a little bit of practice (and my transposition chart) transposing horn parts can become almost second nature!

 

Bass Clef – Old vs. New Notation

Like transposition, reading bass clef is a skill that many students try and put off as long as possible. But horn players not only have to read bass clef occasionally, they also must struggle with two different types of bass clef – old and new notation. This page gives some information on how they are read and how to tell them apart!

 

I also write up thoughts about practicing, performing, or other horn or music related topics on my blog from time to time. You can check out my collection of horn blog articles here.