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Learn to play French horn or Tenor horn.

French horn
French horn

French Horn

The French Horn is the alto of the brass family. Different types of French horn are available. A student or adult would most commonly begin having lessons on a full-sized single or compensating half-double Horn. Smaller kinder horns, much lighter and easier to hold are the instrument of choice for young starters in early years at Primary School. The horn is held by placing the right-hand in the bell, then by pressing down the valves in a variety of combinations with the left hand different sounds can be made. The French horn has rotary, not piston valves which makes it different to other brass instruments. As both hands are used to play the horn both left and right handed players cope perfectly well. Music can be played across a range of genre including classical, wind band and chamber ensemble and is predominantly an orchestral instrument. It makes a beautiful rich and mellow sound.

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French horn lessons for beginners. Already playing French horn. Advanced French horn lessons.

Tenor Horn
Tenor Horn

Tenor Horn

The Tenor horn has little similarity with the French horn other than being an alto Instrument of the brass family. It is held upright and supported against the body by the left hand and arm. It  has piston valves, like the Cornet and by pressing the valves down in a variety of combinations with the right-hand different sounds can be made. It has limited repertoire of its own and follows Cornet repertoire to a large extent in the initial years of learning. It is played almost exclusively in the brass band.

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Tenor horn lessons for beginners.  Already playing Tenor horn.  Advanced Tenor horn lessons.