Good French Horn Practice Techniques

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Good French horn practice techniques are the ones that help further and improve your own personal abilities. Find out about good French horn practice techniques with help from a musical education instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Laurie, and today I'm going to talk to you about practice techniques on the French horn. First of all, I would recommend that if you are starting out especially, brass players tend to get pretty fatigued in the beginning. So, if you can practice on a couple of different times a day, different segments, maybe a morning session and an evening session, that will give you a chance to kind of rejuvenate and then you can attack again your practice. So, I'd like to encourage you to do several different things in your practice sessions. Long tones are extremely important. You also want to have some flexibility exercises which would be like lip slurs. Here's an example of a lip slur. Also, maybe some tonguing passages would be good. Most players learn scales and scales are great, great way to learn fingering of notes as well as you can them in different articulations. You can do slurred scales, you can do tongue, you can do staccato, very separated scales. Also, you want to have some part of your practice time where you're working on making music; something that has a melody, something that has dynamic contrast where you're doing some louds, some softs, some variety there. So, let me go through those one more time. You want to do some long tones; that helps build the embouchure and improve your sound. You want to have some lip slurs like I demonstrated where you're connecting notes and where the embouchure having to do most of the work. That will improve your flexibility. You also want to work on your technique by doing scales, chromatic and, and major and minor scales varying your articulations so that you're doing some tonguing, doing some slurring. And then, you also want to have some melodic A tubes or solo works where you're working on something with the melody and something that has dynamic contrast. Once again, my name is Laurie and today I showed you some good French horn practice techniques.

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