In this video lesson, Expert Katherine Liesener teaches how to play the French horn standing up.
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 the horn while standing. Now for many people its unnatural to try to play a horn while standing because from a early age horn players are always thought to keep there bell on there thigh when the are sitting down. But for recitals you might want to stand to have greater stage presence or in some pieces of music there would actually be direction called horns up. Which you have lift the bell up off of your thigh so let me just show you how this is done. I will show you how to do it standing. First of all you will see I got this modification for my horn and you could get also. It is basically a small shelf to give added support with the left hand but even without this you could can play standing up and the difference would be the way that you have your hand on the bell. Normally when you are sitting down you have it almost directly against the side maybe slightly down. What you are going to do when you are standing is go ahead and lift it so it is up on top. Now all of sudden your bell is resting on something, it is resting on the back of your hand. Once you do that it is just as simple as always you have your elbow out, you could feel free to move around and be expressive as you play to some extent and you will find much the same as ..... horn playing. No sweat."
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.