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French Horn

Lessons you can take:

We offer French horn lessons through our small group/individual tuition scheme (school dependant).


When to start:

School year 6 or 7. Most horn players start on something else, usually the trumpet, cornet or euphonium. The Brass Teacher for your school will advise, as with all brass instruments it's preferable to have your second teeth.


Costs:

Hire:

Gloucestershire Music hire charge £26.90 per term, plus VAT where applicable. Find out more about hiring from us.

Buy:

From about £1000 for a new student instrument with case (full size) and £350 (mini). Advanced students should be prepared to spend considerably more. Don't economise - the Horn is hard enough to play without having to battle with the deficiencies of a cheap instrument. This is one instrument where you definitely need advice from your teacher before you buy!

Other:

Virtually none - just valve lubricating oil.


Pros/cons:

Pros:

The horn has a wonderful repertoire and stunning solos in the orchestra. You will be in demand!

Cons:

No opportunities for Jazz or Folk.

Find out more about the French Horn from the BBC’s guide to the orchestra.

 

GM 'Get Playing' Video Series:

How to hold the French horn

Making your first sound

First five notes

 

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