French Horn review

French Horn

French Horn reviews, articles, and tips for beginners and beyond

In this series...

History

The modern French Horn can find its roots in the hunting horns of ancient times. They were first used as musical instruments in operas during the 16th century

Initially, Horns could only produce one note and were regarded as monotone instruments. However, the addition of movable slides (called crooks) by the German musician Anton Hampel in the mid 18th century allowed the player to change the key of the instrument.

During the 19th century, the movable slides were replaced with valves, and this is the system that’s still in use today.

French Horn Specs

There are three main categories of French Horn:

  • Single Horn
  • Double Horn
  • Compensating Horn

Single Horns are lighter in weight than the other two, which makes them popular with student players. They are usually pitched in F, but sometimes in Bb, and have three valves.

Double Horns are easily identifiable by the presence of a fourth valve, which essentially switches the direction of air to a separate side of the instrument, which has double the amount of tubing of a Single Horn. They are pitched in F and Bb, and are considerably heavier than Single Horns.

The aim of the Compensating Horn is the combine the best elements of both instruments, providing the extended range of a Double Horn, with the lighter weight of a Single Horn. They have four valves and are considerably less expensive than a standard Double Horn.

A small mouthpiece is inserted into the lead pipe of the instrument, with a flared bell at the opposite end, where the sound escapes.

How To Play

To produce a sound from a French Horn you need to make a buzzing sound with your lips into the mouthpiece.

The French Horn is one of the few Brass musical instruments where the fingers on the left hand operate the valves to change the notes. Meanwhile, the right hand is usually inserted slightly into the flared bell.

did you know

The French Horn’s flared bell can be unscrewed and removed on some instruments, which allows the instrument to be “flat packed” for transport!

FREE REPORT REVEALS
Top 10 Tricks to Playing The French Horn

Top 10 Tricks

French Horn

Get the 4 Things I’ve Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

Every Friday, I distribute a unique email showcasing the four most amazing things I’ve reviewed or used that week.

The e-mail really could be about anything at all; books, audio, gadgets, playing techniques – as long as it’s entertaining and interesting, it’ll end up on the mail!

These ‘4-Feature Friday‘ emails are only accessible for those who sign up below – so what are you waiting for?

Read the next post in this series:

watch now
Music Tutorials
Amazing French Horn Tutorials
FOR YOU

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

Quick Guide...

Getting Started with Music Lessons

Free Report Reveals...

10 Secrets To Successful Music Lessons

Join 4,729 Subscribers Who Receive Free Tips

Our community can help YOU learn any musical instrument in the best way possible - sign up now

THE SPOTLIGHT IS WAITING

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

THE SPOTLIGHT IS WAITING

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

Your Video Is Waiting!

How To Save Time & Money When Choosing A Musical Instrument

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

Your Video Is Waiting!

How To Save Time & Money When Choosing A Musical Instrument

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

Your Video Is Waiting!

How To Save Time & Money When Choosing A Musical Instrument

Every Friday

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

ONE-2-ONE ADVICE PACKAGE

Need Professional Guidance On What To Buy?

Our 0ne-2-0ne Advice Package is a 15 minute phone-call with one of ted’s list’s professional musicians.

They can guide and advise you on what instrument to purchase and where from; often securing a discount along the way.

£50 £25

THE SPOTLIGHT IS WAITING

Your Tips & Tricks Are Waiting

Sign up to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when researching singing techniques

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

Your Video Is Waiting!

How To Save Time & Money When Choosing A Singing App

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

THE NEW ARTS ACADEMY...

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when choosing studio gear

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument

EVERY FRIDAY

Get the 4 Things We Have Been Loving, Using and Reviewing

Join Ted's List Now To Get Your Tips & Tricks

Sign up now to find out how to save time & money when choosing a musical instrument