Did you listen to the French Horn based book of the week on radio 4 recently? Very good - reminded me of a bit of Tim 'French Revolutions' Moore's style. I think the book is I found my Horn which is on Amazon heredavidwalton said:I started on French Horn just last year. OK, I have been playing other instruments before, but still learning.
No, not a radio person.red_tom said:
Respect, Daviddavidwalton said:I started on French Horn just last year. OK, I have been playing other instruments before, but still learning.
You don't stop having an ability to learn as you get a little older. In fact, more often than not, you can focus a lot better and achieve more quicker as a result.
It is a pity they don't use French horns in Brass BandsGerry Attrick said:Respect, David
I played many different brass instruments over many more years in a number of brass bands up to Section 1 competition level. Although french horns are not used in brass bands, a friend lent me one to try and I found it fiendish. Couldn't master pitch accuracy, and my intonation was dreadful. Love the sound of them nevertheless. Keep at it.
Yes, little and often is far better than loads every now and then. Get a basic book, like 'A Tune a Day' and use it. Don't try and take short cuts, they are only for those that have already learned the long way.yoyo said:You're never too old to learn. I have perfoming diplomas in piano and organ but accepted the challenge to learn the trumpet. My poor lips!! I did grade IV in a term and just got a merit. The week prior to the exam the brass teacher told me that I should never play trumpet and was more suited to trombone so I learnt my way round that. I've always loved the French horn and did grade III in a term- I couldn't get the low notes, so had to back out of a higher grade. A fabulous instrument the horn - I could play it all day but I'd never make competition standard! I have also attempted the cello but didn't apply myself properly. I was 42 at the time and now 48.
Basically - spend 20-30 minutes most days on your chosen instrument. Longer, irregular sessions won't work as you will spend most of your time catching up on where you were the last time you touched it. Happy music making!!
davidwalton said:It is a pity they don't use French horns in Brass Bands
I used to play Flugel Horn before I moved to Essex, but after hunting around found that there would not be any opportunity to continue playing Flugel Horn with any Band in Essex area. I therefore moved on to Tenor Horn and practised like hell for months. Got to the point where I would be of use to just about any level of band. However, I could not find a band to play with. Either they were just a rehearsal type band, not pushing forward, too far away, or already have enough Tenor horn players.
Result is that I sold the Tenor Horn and bought a French Horn. Now play Windband (parts written for Horn in F and in treble clef, which is what I require).
Like many, I have now given up on Brass Bands. Anyway, the French Horn is the most involving instrument I have ever played, and would not give it up for another now.
Learned instrument list to-date:-
French Horn = WIP.
I kept the best for last
We don't know the neighbours at all yet, but nobody has knocked on the door so far. Generally practise around 3 to 5pm, and house is fully detached with double glazing so shouldn't be causing any probs.Gerry Attrick said:Impressive list David. I hope you have understanding neighbours