Learn to Play French Horn: Beginner to Pro Made the Easy Way

Master the art of French Horn! Cover a years worth of private lessons in just a few hours, at a fraction of the cost.
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  • Lectures 131
  • Length 8 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

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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!


  • 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!


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.

What are the requirements?

  • Working French Horn
  • French Horn Mouthpiece

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: The Horn
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.
Learn about the various parts of the French Horn, including the mouth piece, the valves, the and the bell.
Learn how to care for your horn, including how to quickly clean it and set it down.
Continue learning how to properly take care of your French Horn.
Let's wrap up our conversation about how to correctly take care of your French Horn.
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.
Let's discuss how often you'll need to check your horn for issues.
Learn how to properly disassemble and pack away your French Horn.
Let's quickly review everything we learned in this Section.
Section 2: Lesson 2 - Making Sound
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.
Let's begin by quickly reviewing how to unpack and hold your French Horn.
Let's spend some time discussing how to correctly form an embouchure, also known as lip position, with a French Horn mouthpiece.
Learn how to correctly inhale and exhale to produce the solid, consistent air needed to play the French Horn.
Now that we can form a correct French Horn embouchure, let's learn where to place the mouthpiece on your lips.
You may encounter a few initial problems with embouchure and lip positioning. Let's address those issues now before moving on.
Learn how to begin strengthening your French Horn embouchure with a technique called 'Sirens.'
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.
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.'
Let's review many of the topics we covered in this lesson.
Section 3: Lesson 3 - Reading Music
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!
Let's begin by spending time reviewing French Horn embouchure and sirens.
Learn how to correctly and efficiently sit while playing the French Horn.
Learn how to hold the French Horn while seated.
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.
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!
Let's discuss the musical alphabet; the core foundation of reading music and playing with others.
We're about to begin playing your first notes on the French Horn. Pay careful attention!
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.
Learn how to find a comfortable, familiar Home Note that will serve as a later guide for finding other notes.
Now that these first notes are becoming more comfortable and familiar, let's spend some time moving back and forth between them.
Let's finally put a name to one of the notes we've just learned, G.
Our second, middle note also has a name, E.
Our third, lowest, and final note also has a name, C.
Let's spend some time reviewing everything we covered in this Section.
Section 4: Lesson 4 - Melodies
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.
Let's begin by reviewing the three notes we learned in the previous lesson.
Learn a new type of articulation, one that doesn't require much work, called the Slur.
Learn your fourth note on the French Horn, F.
Let's spend some time getting to know your new note F by moving to and from the other notes we already know.
Learn your fifth note on the French Horn, D.
Just like before with the note F, let's spend some time getting familiar with our new note D.
Here's an exercise that will help us begin moving between all of the notes we've learned thus far.
Learn your first melody on the French Horn, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb!'
Melody - Mary Had a Little Lamb
Learn a new, higher note, A.
Let's spend some time familiarizing ourself with our new, higher note, A.
Let's review everything we covered in this Section.
Section 5: Lesson 5 - Notation
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.
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.
Melody - 'London Bridge'
Melody - 'London Bridge Notation'
Melody - 'London Bridge'
Melody - 'Old MacDonald'
Melody - 'Old MacDonald'
Let's review the many new topics we covered in this Section.
Section 6: Lesson 6 - Key Signature
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.
Learn a new note, F#.
Let's spend some time getting comfortable with your new note, F#.
Learn about accidentals, also mostly known as Sharps and Flats, and how they apply to music.
Exercise - Getting to Know F# on the Staff
Melody - 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'
Learn another new note, this time one with a Flat 'b' sign, Bb.
Let's discuss the Flat sign in musical notation.
Now let's spend some time familiarizing ourselves with our new note, Bb.
Learn why the # and b 'accidental' signs are so important in music notation.
Learn how to begin reading rhythmic notation in music.
Exercise - Reading Rhythm
Exercise - Reading Rhythm
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.
Melody - 'Yankee Doodle'
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.
Melody - 'German Waltz
Melody - 'German Waltz'
Let's spend some time reviewing the many different topics we covered in this Section.
Section 7: Lesson 7 - Scales
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.
Note B
Exercise - Getting to Know B
Melody - 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'
Note C
Exercise - Getting to Know C
Intro to Scales
Scale C Major
Note Low B
Exercise - Getting to Know Low B
Note Low A
Exercise - Getting to Know Low A
Note Low G
Exercise - Getting to Know Low G
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.
Scale G Major

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