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 Re: Clarinet gone horn.
Author: clarhorn 2017
Date:   2006-05-01 03:48

Welcome to the horn Laurie.

The French horn is considered one of the most difficult instruments to play.

I grew up playing the clarinet through university. I started on the horn sporadically over the next 15 years. I finally joined the community band where I have learned how to play over the last dozen years. (Yes that means I am a card carrying member of AARP.) I still feel I can play the clarinet much better than the horn. Probably still have less than half the hours playing the horn in 27 years than I did playing the clarinet over 11 years. Starting on the horn was a struggle. Hitting the correct note is a challenge compared to the clarinet. There are days when all the notes sound great and other days where it is a struggle just to get even the usually nice notes out.

I would suggest:
1. As with any difficult task, frustration adds to the frustration. If you are having a tough time, take a break and do something else. Come back and try later. But be sure to warm up. I have found it takes longer to warm up my lip for the horn than playing the clarinet. What comes out at first may not be pleasant. Be sure you have a good warm up routine.

2. With limited time to achieve your goal, I would suggest as usual practicing that which you find most difficult—in this case sounding the proper notes in sequence. As you can sight read playing in time with the correct dynamics, I would suggest concentrating on sounding the proper notes worrying less about the other mechanics. This will help you successfully navigate the intervals. As with any difficult passage start slow adding successive notes until the sequence is complete.

3. Listen to the piece; you will develop a better sense of what needs to come out. Listening to the music may help like singing it does as suggested by David Peacham. Have one of your horn playing friends record it for you. Perhaps they can play it with you to help with alternate fingerings (just as with the clarinet).

4. As with the clarinet, the starting mouthpiece is suggested to be the middle of the road. But at the risk of developing horn GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), as you play the trumpet and trombone which bracket the horn mouthpiece in size and depth, you might want to look at different mouthpieces.

5. The instrument makes a difference. I assume you are starting with a double horn in good shape. Like clarinets some horns play more easily than others.

Good luck and just keep practicing. One thing I always like about school, the semester ends. Life keeps on going.


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