In this video lesson, Expert Katherine Liesener teaches how to play accent notes when playing the French horn.
Transcript: KATHERINE LIESENER: "Hi! I'm Katie and I'm here on behalf of expertvillage.com and I'm going to show you how to play accent marks on the French horn. A accent mark looks like this. Here you see accent marks above the notes and the shape of the accent mark even shows you how it works with the big part, the loud part being at the very beginning and a gradual decrease. As much as the name implies, it simply means to accent or emphasize that note and particularly the front end of the note. When you are going to play accent marks it helps to imagine ringing a bell. When you ring a bell, the first thing you hear is the clapper hitting the side of the bell and its very pronounced and then the sound gradually dies from there. It is the same thing with accent marks. So again here would be a normal scale without accent marks. With accent marks. You could tell the front end of each note is the hardest hit and then it gradually recedes a little bit before the next accent articulation and that is how you play accent marks."
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.