The French Horn
The French horn or sometimes called just “horn” is a member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece. The French horn is a beautiful sounding instrument and can be a great beginning instrument for someone with some music background and the ability to match pitches correctly. The French horn is popular in bands, symphony orchestras and small instrumental groups. The instrument is also popular among Hollywood composers since they write a lot of movie music for the French horn. It also works very well as a solo instrument.
French Horn rentals and accessories
Rental instruments can be picked up at our store or delivered to you. We offer only top quality, name brand, director approved instruments.
Required accessories includes a method book (Check with your teacher for which one) and Music Stand, which can be purchased on our site below or in the store.
Uncle Jon's Music and Rentfromhome is the easiest way to get your student started on French Horn. Select your instrument, choose your FREE delivery option (to your home of office) or pick up here at Uncle Jon's in Westmont, checkout, and you are done! We offer only quality brand names (and even ask if you or your student's teacher have any brand preferences when choosing your instrument), a quick & easy checkout process, online account management (payment history, online payments and more), easy returns & exchanges, and upgrade/purchase opportunities at any time while renting. You may also return your instrument and cancel your rental agreement at any time with no penalties or further obligation.
FAMOUS FRENCH HORN PLAYERS
Phillip Farkas - born into a non-musical family in 1914 in Chicago. He began his musical career at the age of 12 as a bugler for his Boy Scout troop. In 1933, before he finished high school, he became the first horn player for the Kansas City Philharmonic. Farkas founded the International Horn Society and wrote what is considered the "Bible" of horn technique, "The Art of French Horn Playing: A Treatise on the Problems and Techniques of French Horn Playing."
Dennis Brain - the third in a line of great horn players. His father was Aubrey Brain and his grandfather was Alfred Brain Sr. Dennis Brain's uncle, Alfred Jr., was also a great horn player. Brain was born in London on May 17, 1921, and died in a car accident Sept. 1, 1957. Brain was such an accomplished performer that conductor Eugene Ormandy once remarked, "Dennis Brain had no peer."
GETTING STARTED WITH THE FRENCH HORN
The French Horn is stored in the case in just two pieces. The only regular maintenance required is to oil the valves now and then and grease the slides as needed.
The French horn is played with the left hand on top of the instrument with the first three fingers resting on the valves. Some French horns also have fourth valve for the thumb. The right hand should rest against the top portion of the bell. As students advance they will learn how to place the right hand inside the bell for a beautiful sound.
It is best to contact your school music director or Uncle Jon's Music with any questions about handling or proper use of maintenance accessories.