In this video lesson, Expert Katherine Liesener teaches how to hold the French horn properly when playing.
Transcript: KATHERINE LIESENER: "Hi! I'm Katie and I'm here on behalf of expertvillage.com, and I'm going to show you the proper way to hold the French horn. First of all as with any instrument that you might play, it is very important that you sit up as straight as possible and the practical reason for that is that, that allows you to breath the best that you can. That way you are not scrunching up on your diaphragm. If you sitting straight up you could breath, you could get as much air in here as possible. You want your feet flat on the floor. You could have them parallel in front of you. Sometimes I swing a knee out to the right, you are going to take the bell and place it on your right thigh so it wont slip it off. The horn is going to be about a 45 degree angle, you would notice with my left hand here going to have the thumb on the thumb key, my three other fingers right on the three keys up top and my pinkie in the pinkie ring. So I have my horn right in position, the bells on the thigh, it is at a 45 degree angle, hand is in place, now I simply bring the horn to my mouth. Sometimes beginner horn players would set there horn up and try to go to the horn and what ends up happening is that there throat constricts because they are adding unnatural angle. If you are sitting up straight then just bring the horn to you, like so. With your right hand your going to have it inside of the bell but that is another tip."
In this course, eHow Expert Katherine Liesener gives 23 video lessons on How To Play the French Horn. Learn basic tips and techniques for playing this brass instrument, including how to hold the horn, form proper embouchure, and changing pitch using your lips, the rotary valves, or by putting your hand in the bell. Also learn some intermediate French horn skills involving orchestral music, like how to play slurs, legato, glissando, staccato, and accent notes. Finally, get some practical care and maintenance tips for your horn, as well as some basic guidelines for creating a practice routine.