Learn to Play French Horn: Beginner to Pro Made the Easy Way
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Master the art of French Horn! Cover a years worth of private lessons in just a few hours, at a fraction of the cost.
4.8 (24 ratings)
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  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • 107 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Assemble, clean and care for a french horn
  • Form a correct, strong french horn embouchure
  • Read and interpret music notation
  • Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
  • Perform multiple Major scales
  • Recognize and play nearly every note on the french horn
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Requirements
  • Working French Horn
  • French Horn Mouthpiece
Description

COURSE UPDATES:

  • (05/28/16) In order to more accurately reflect the value users get from our courses and to help us develop future content, MusicProfessor will adjust our prices from $20 to $30 on May 31, 2016. 


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

French Horn is an extremely fun instrument to play, and MusicProfessor's comprehensive curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning. Master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great french hornist.

Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. On the way, you'll also learn basic music theory and musicianship skills.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr. Factor in driving time and expenses and you realize just how costly lessons can be. Each MusicProfessor French Horn course provides an entire year's worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each course is taught by an industry leading instructor!


COURSE FEATURES:

  • Over 130 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music for each lesson
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Horn-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Music Theory basics, including how to read music
  • Horn equipment recommendations
  • Learn how to clean and maintain your horn
  • Master the harmonic fingering series

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy's 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Heather Test is an active freelance horn player and educator in the North Texas area. She performed in The Dallas Opera Orchestra as acting 3rd horn for the 2012-2013 season and is a regular substitute player in the Plano Symphony and 2nd horn in the Allen Philharmonic.

In addition to performing with these ensembles and more, she is the Lecturer in Horn at Texas Christian University and maintains a small studio of private students from across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her TCU Horn Ensemble has performed on the TMEA Exhibition Showcase stage twice, and they have also helped host the annual TCU HornFest where over a hundred horn players and enthusiasts gather for a day of master classes, recitals, exhibits, and a mass horn choir experience. Past HornFest guests include Thomas Bacon and The American Horn Quartet.

Prior to joining the TCU music faculty in August of 2011, Heather taught horn at the University of Texas at Arlington for three and a half years. Ms. Test has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of North Texas (2001), where she studied with Dr. William Scharnberg and a Master of Music in Performance from Southern Methodist University (2003), where she studied with Gregory J. Hustis. Additionally, since 2003 Ms. Test has been an employee of TrumCor Mutes and became their General Manager in 2005. TrumCor is a Dallas-based company that hand crafts premium mutes for brass instruments.

Heather Test has performed in the Dallas Symphony as a substitute musician under the direction of the late Marvin Hamlisch, as a substitute with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO (summer 2002), the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, CA (summer 2003), the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Altus, OK, with Robert Gomez at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, and most recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with The Polyphonic Spree (2012), which is Dallas own choral/symphonic/pop/rock band. Heather has recorded with The Polyphonic Spree, Bill Callahan, Sarah Jaffe, Robert Gomez, The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, The UNT Wind Symphony, the UNT Two Oclock Lab Band, Anaphase, Clint Niosi, and has performed on various film scores by local composers. Heather is married to fellow musician and drummer/percussionist, Kelly Test, and they reside in East Dallas with their son, Benjamin and dogs, Emma Leigh and Russell.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor.com, an online music education company.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 131 Lectures Collapse All 131 Lectures 08:08:09
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The Horn
9 Lectures 40:41
Welcome to MusicProfessor's Beginning French Horn course! We're thrilled to have you on board. In this first introduction, we'll discuss the different topics we're going to cover in Section 1, notably how to uncase, take care of, and pack away your instrument.
Preview 01:16

Learn about the various parts of the French Horn, including the mouth piece, the valves, the and the bell.
Parts of the Instrument
03:51

Learn how to care for your horn, including how to quickly clean it and set it down.
Horn Maintenance Part 1
10:26

Continue learning how to properly take care of your French Horn.
Horn Maintenance Part 2
06:42

Let's wrap up our conversation about how to correctly take care of your French Horn.
Horn Maintenance Part 3
07:39

Let's discuss some of the tools you'll need to be a truly effective French Horn player. These include a tuner, metronome, and various cleaning supplies.
Preview 02:03

Let's discuss how often you'll need to check your horn for issues.
Maintenance Frequency
01:48

Learn how to properly disassemble and pack away your French Horn.
Taking Care of Your Horn
06:36

Let's quickly review everything we learned in this Section.
Review
00:20
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Lesson 2 - Making Sound
10 Lectures 39:03
Here we'll introduce the various topics to be covered in this Section, notably how to form a correct French Horn embouchure, the importance of strong, consistent air, and work on strengthening your embouchure with a few exercises.
Introduction
00:22

Let's begin by quickly reviewing how to unpack and hold your French Horn.
Recap
00:26

Let's spend some time discussing how to correctly form an embouchure, also known as lip position, with a French Horn mouthpiece.
Embouchure
02:43

Learn how to correctly inhale and exhale to produce the solid, consistent air needed to play the French Horn.
Air
08:08

Now that we can form a correct French Horn embouchure, let's learn where to place the mouthpiece on your lips.
Preview 03:37

You may encounter a few initial problems with embouchure and lip positioning. Let's address those issues now before moving on.
Troubleshooting Embouchure
05:15

Learn how to begin strengthening your French Horn embouchure with a technique called 'Sirens.'
Preview 07:48

Let's combine some of the Sirens exercises we learned in the previous exercises. This will help us more rapidly improve our embouchure strength and flexibility.
Exercise 1.1 - Combining Sirens
03:22

If your French Horn embouchure is starting to feel more comfortable, let's begin adding the tongue to create space between notes, also known as 'Articulation.'
Articulations
06:27

Let's review many of the topics we covered in this lesson.
Review
00:55
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Lesson 3 - Reading Music
15 Lectures 42:33
Here we'll introduce the topics to be covered in this Section, including how to sit and hold the French horn, about the musical scale, as well as some of our first notes. Let's get started!
Introduction
00:13

Let's begin by spending time reviewing French Horn embouchure and sirens.
Recap
03:07

Learn how to correctly and efficiently sit while playing the French Horn.
Posture
03:09

Learn how to hold the French Horn while seated.
Playing Position
03:45

Learn how to correctly position your right hand within the French Horn bell to both help support the instrument as well as color your tone.
Preview 03:10

Playing in tune is extremely important for French Horn players. If you can play in tune, you'll be extremely successful. Let's start off on the right foot by learning how to read a tuner and correctly adjust your air and embouchure to play IN TUNE!
Tuning
04:52

Let's discuss the musical alphabet; the core foundation of reading music and playing with others.
The Musical Alphabet
00:41

We're about to begin playing your first notes on the French Horn. Pay careful attention!
First Notes
00:44

If these first notes gave you trouble, your problems could stem from a few different sources. Let's spend some time troubleshooting a few issues you might be facing.
Troubleshooting Notes
05:00

Learn how to find a comfortable, familiar Home Note that will serve as a later guide for finding other notes.
Home Note
03:49

Now that these first notes are becoming more comfortable and familiar, let's spend some time moving back and forth between them.
Exercise 1.1
06:20

Let's finally put a name to one of the notes we've just learned, G.
Note (G)
01:30

Our second, middle note also has a name, E.
Note (E)
01:46

Our third, lowest, and final note also has a name, C.
Note (C)
01:49

Let's spend some time reviewing everything we covered in this Section.
Review
02:38
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Lesson 4 - Melodies
14 Lectures 01:07:14
Here we'll discuss everything to be covered in this lesson, including a bunch of new notes, a new type of articulation called the Slur, and, most importantly, how to read music.
Introduction
00:35

Let's begin by reviewing the three notes we learned in the previous lesson.
Recap
04:29

Learn a new type of articulation, one that doesn't require much work, called the Slur.
Preview 03:41

Learn your fourth note on the French Horn, F.
Note (F)
02:51

Let's spend some time getting to know your new note F by moving to and from the other notes we already know.
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know (F)
06:52

Learn your fifth note on the French Horn, D.
Note (D)
01:54

Just like before with the note F, let's spend some time getting familiar with our new note D.
Exercise 1.2 - Getting to know (D)
06:31

Here's an exercise that will help us begin moving between all of the notes we've learned thus far.
Exercise 2.1 - Expanded Range
12:27

Learn your first melody on the French Horn, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb!'
Melody 1.1 - Mary Had a Little Lamb
09:43

Staff
10:27

Melody - Mary Had a Little Lamb
00:47

Learn a new, higher note, A.
Note (A)
02:31

Let's spend some time familiarizing ourself with our new, higher note, A.
Exercise 1.3 - Getting to know (A)
02:24

Let's review everything we covered in this Section.
Review
02:02
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Lesson 5 - Notation
8 Lectures 40:04
Here we'll introduce the various concepts being taught in this lesson, including Warm-Ups, further practice reading music, and a whole lot of new melodies.
Introduction
00:21

Warming-Up is extremely important for brass players, specifically French Hornists. Whether you're an absolute beginner or seasoned pro, you should us a daily warm-up routine to make sure your lips are ready to meet the challenges of the day. Warm-ups help you play in tune, expand your range, play more accurately, improve your tone, and help you prevent injury.
Warm Up Routine
04:48

Melody - 'London Bridge'
10:58

Melody - 'London Bridge Notation'
10:51

Melody - 'London Bridge'
01:38


Melody - 'Old MacDonald'
00:52

Let's review the many new topics we covered in this Section.
Review
02:37
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Lesson 6 - Key Signature
20 Lectures 44:35
Here we'll introduce the topics to be covered in this lesson, including reading rhythmic notation in music, learning a few new notes, and a new Time Signature called 3/4.
Introduction
00:25

Recap
00:53

Learn a new note, F#.
Note (F#)
01:39

Let's spend some time getting comfortable with your new note, F#.
Preview 05:30

Learn about accidentals, also mostly known as Sharps and Flats, and how they apply to music.
Sharps and Naturals
01:42

Exercise - Getting to Know F# on the Staff
02:23

Melody - 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'
02:22

Learn another new note, this time one with a Flat 'b' sign, Bb.
Note (Bb)
02:06

Let's discuss the Flat sign in musical notation.
The Flat Sign
00:41

Now let's spend some time familiarizing ourselves with our new note, Bb.
Exercise 1.3 - Getting to know Bb
05:06

Learn why the # and b 'accidental' signs are so important in music notation.
Accidentals
01:40

Learn how to begin reading rhythmic notation in music.
Rhythmic Notation
02:54

Exercise - Reading Rhythm
01:46

Exercise - Reading Rhythm
01:29

Many times, music is played in different keys, or Key Signatures, to express different moods, make things easier or more challenging to play, or any other number of reasons. Let's learn how to read Key Signautres.
Key Signatures
00:56

Melody - 'Yankee Doodle'
04:37

Up to now, everything we have played has been in 4/4, or Common, Time. Let's introduce a new concept, counting in 3, and it's corresponding Time Signature, 3/4.
3/4 Time
02:29

Melody - 'German Waltz
03:09

Melody - 'German Waltz'
01:58

Let's spend some time reviewing the many different topics we covered in this Section.
Review
00:50
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Lesson 7 - Scales
20 Lectures 49:39
Here we'll introduce the many different topics to be covered in this Section, including a whole slew of new notes, a new concept called Scales, and a bunch of new melodies.
Introduction
00:23

Recap
02:22

Note B
02:20

Exercise - Getting to Know B
02:57

Melody - 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'
02:57


Exercise - Getting to Know C
03:30

Intro to Scales
01:34

Scale C Major
02:27

Note Low B
02:18

Exercise - Getting to Know Low B
01:51

Note Low A
02:46

Exercise - Getting to Know Low A
01:30

Note Low G
03:44

Exercise - Getting to Know Low G
01:45

Low notes on the French Horn can be finicky and tricky. Let's talk about some potential problems you may face and practice some very practical solutions.
Troubleshooting Low Notes
04:01

Scale G Major
03:28

Melody - 'Camptown Races'
03:30

Melody - Camptown Races
01:54

Let's quickly review everything we've learned in this Section.
Review
01:50
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Lesson 8 - Lip Slurs and Maintenance
17 Lectures 01:10:01
Here we'll introduce the various topics to be covered in this course, most notably Lip Slurs and Cleaning the French Horn.
Intro
00:26

Let's begin by reviewing both our new low notes, B, A, and G, and Major scales.
Recap
02:12

Introducing Lip Slurs
03:35

You may have figured out by now that there are only so many possible fingering combinations on the French Horn. Let's go over them now while putting them in the context of Lip Slurs.
Preview 02:43

So how do our Harmonic Series Fingerings match up with Lip Slurs? Let's find out in this lesson.
The Way Things Work
03:02

Exercise - Lip Slurs Descending
04:57

Exercise - Lip Slurs Ascending
03:46

Exercise - Lip Slurs Up and Down
03:44

Exercise - Lip Slurs in Octaves
04:04

Exercise - Lip Slurs in Octaves Up and Down
06:00

Exercise - Extending the Low Register
09:23

Learn about the various tools and setup you'll need to properly clean your French Horn.
Bath Time Intro
03:05

Learn how to correctly and carefully disassemble your French Horn. Making sure everything is laid out in a neat, organized manner is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
Taking the Horn Apart
04:42

Learn how to clean the larger tubes of your French Horn to get rid of gunk and build up. Don't worry, everyone has to clean their French Horn at some point.
Preview 06:32

Learn how to quickly and carefully clean all of the small, movable parts of your French Horn.
Cleaning the Small Parts
00:37

Now let's discuss how to correctly re-assemble your French Horn, making sure that everything goes back in the right place and at the right time.
Putting it Back Together
06:22

Now let's combine our freshly cleaned French Horn with Lip Slurs to play a familiar melody.
Charge!
04:51
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Lesson 9 - Enharmonics
17 Lectures 40:41
Here we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this Section, including many new notes, a new musical concept called Enharmonics, and a new type of scale called Chromatic.
Introduction
00:18

Recap
03:12

Note C#
01:37

Note D#
01:24

Exercise - Intro to the Chromatic Scale
03:46

Note G#
02:13

Note A#
01:29

Enharmonics
01:43

Exercise - Intro to the Chromatic Scale
02:01

Exercise - Intro to the Chromatic Scale
02:34

Chromatic Scale
02:43

Learn about a new rhythmic element called Eighth Notes.
Exercise 2.1 - Eighth Notes
02:40

Exercise - Reading Eighth Notes
01:11

Exercise - Reading Eighth Notes
06:29

Exercise - Chromatic Eighth Notes
01:34

Melody - 'Humoresque'
04:31

Let's review the many different topics we covered in this Seciton.
Review
01:16
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:38
Thank you for participating in MusicProfessor's Beginning Horn course. We hope you've learned a ton! To continue your French Horn education, we hope you'll consider purchasing our intermediate Hlute course, MusicProfessor' Beyond Beginner for Horn, found here on Udemy. Thanks again!
Wrapping Up
00:38
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