Fingerings for French Horn

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When working on fingerings on the French horn, it's important to remember that there are several different fingerings for each note on the French horn. Find out how to use the fingerings that will give a French horn the best sound possible with help from a horn player in this free video on musical instruments and French horns.

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Now we're going to show you the fingerings for the French horn. Remember that most beginners will start off with a single F horn, where as if you go through middle school you'll probably get a double horn which means that you'll get the thumb valve right here which is going to change our fingerings slightly from the things that we learn on the single F horn. First we'll examine the fingerings for the lower octave of the horn. We'll start on the F horn with one and three on the Low G, actually I'm going to play an octave and a half, so we'll go from Low G up all the way up to Middle C. In conclusion remember that for each note on the French horn, there are several different fingerings, if not six or seven. So for any given situation or any given instrument, you might want to examine some other fingerings if the ones that we've shown today don't work that well. Usually we'll want to look at the information and the sound and go for the fingering that provides us with the best possible sound.

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