Master the French Horn: Intermediate Instruction Made Simple

Move past beginner with MusicProfessor's intermediate French Horn course. A year's worth of lessons in under five hours
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  • Lectures 126
  • Contents Video: 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course 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:

Pick up where MusicProfessor’s Beginner French Horn course leaves off, adding more complex rhythms, scales and tone exercises to your repertoire.

French Horn is a challenging, but extremely fun instrument to play, and MusicProfessor's intermediate curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning. Master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great horn player. On the way, you'll also learn useful music theory and musicianship skills. Plus, sheet music is available for each lesson.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr, and as you improve, unfortunately, so does the cost of lessons. 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 instruction, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each course is taught by an industry leading instructor!


COURSE FEATURES:

  • Over 120 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music for each lesson
  • Master the challenging high and low horn registers
  • Extend your abilities with multiple warm-up exercises
  • Learn new, complex rhythms and meters
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Horn-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Advanced Music Theory topics, including how to interpret phrasing and dynamics
  • Horn equipment recommendations

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Working French Horn
  • French Horn mouthpiece
  • Thorough knowledge of basic music theory and notation

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Master the high register
  • Play for longer periods without fatigue thanks to numerous strength-building exericses
  • Master both the high and low registers
  • Play the full, natural range of the french horn
  • Interpret dynamic markings
  • Play expressively with phrasing and dynamics
  • Read complex rhythms and meters like 6/8 and Cut Time

What is the target audience?

  • Adult Learner
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
  • Intermediate Players

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Lesson 1 - Warming Up
00:19

Here, we'll pick up where we left off in MusicProfessor's previous French Horn series: MusicProfessor's A Beginner's Guide to French Horn. In this lesson, we'll expand our warm-up techniques, learn a few new notes and Major scales, then tie it all up with a familiar melody.

Warm Up
04:08
Warm Up - Lip Slurs
01:59
Recap
03:10
Note C#
00:58
Exercise - Getting to Know C#
02:29
Note D
01:48
Exercise - Getting to Know D
02:11
Scale D Major
02:57
Melody - 'Forte'
04:07
Bb Major Scale
02:21
Melody 2.1 - Bach Minuet
Preview
05:49
01:28

Let's quickly recap everything we learned in this lesson.

Section 2: Lesson 2 - Dynamics
00:19

Here we'll introduce the various topics to be covered in this Section, including many new notes and Major scales, a new rhythm, and most importantly, a detailed breakdown of Dynamics.

Recap
02:04
Note F
04:45
Exercise - Getting to Know F
02:25
Exercise - Getting to Know F
03:50
Scale F Major
01:48
03:34

Let's begin discussing an important musical fundamental called Dynamics. Here we'll talk about when, why, and how they are used.

06:33

Let's begin practicing Dynamics by playing at drastically different volume levels.

Exercise - Dynamics
01:38
Exercise - Dynamics
03:22
Note Eb
01:49
Exercise - Getting to Know Eb
00:56
Exercise - Getting to Know Eb
03:28
Scale Eb Major
01:48
Exercise - Scales with Dynamics
01:27
Exercise - Dotted Quarter + Eighth
03:22
Exercise - Dotted Quarter + Eighth
01:40
Exercise - Dotted Quarter + Eighth
01:12
Melody - 'My Country'
03:52
01:00

Let's recap some of the topics we've covered in this Section.

Section 3: Lesson 12 - Articulation
00:21

Here we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this Section, including multiple new articulations, notes, and scales.

Recap
01:30
Accents
Preview
03:22
Exercise - Accents
01:51
Melody - 'Symphony No. 7'
Preview
03:42
02:06

Let's discuss a handful of new Articulations, how to read them, when to use them, and how to play them.

Exercise - Tenuto and Staccato
01:36
Exercise - Staccato
01:30
Exercise - Eighth Rests
02:21
Melody - 'Academic Overture' with Pickup Notes
Preview
04:00
Scale Ab Major
02:09
Scale Db Major
01:58
00:16

Let's review the many different topics we covered in this Section.

Section 4: Lesson 13 - 16th Notes
00:19

Here we'll introduce the various topics to be covered in this Section, including a new rhythmic element, the 16th note, as well as important music notation elements called Tempo Markings.

Recap
01:56
03:00

Learn a new, faster rhythmic element, the 16th Note.

Exercise - 16th Notes
04:06
Exercise - 16th Note Scales
01:29
Exercise - 16th Notes Continued
01:58
Scale A Major
02:02
Note E
02:00
Exercise - Getting to Know E
03:01
Scale E Major
01:57
Melody - 'Adagio'
Preview
04:43
Melody - 'Andante'
01:17
Melody - 'Allegro'
02:05
01:03

Let's quickly review all of the various topics we've discussed in this Section.

Section 5: Lesson 14 - Advanced 16th Notes
00:20

Here we'll introduce the various topics we'll cover in this Section, including a detailed review of Breathing, an expanded study of 16th Notes, as well as some of the last notes and Major scales we'll need to learn.

Recap
03:17
Breathing
Preview
09:26
02:21

Learn about a new, more-effecient type of inhalation called the Sip Breath. This is especially useful for long passages without many rests.

02:06

Learn a new note, Gb/F#.

Exercise - Getting to Know Gb-F#
02:48
Scale Gb Major
02:28
Scale F# Major
02:48
Exercise - Advanced 16th Notes
03:40
Melody - Academic Overture
03:21
Exercise - Dotted Eighths
02:18
Exercise - Rhythm Craziness
04:10
Exercise - Rhythm Challenge
02:13
Exercise - Rhythm Super Challenge
01:50
Breath Marks and Phrasing
02:47
05:46

Let's practice reading and interpreting Breath Marks in music.

Melody - 'Star Spangled Banner'
07:44
Note Low E
01:50
Note Low Eb
01:26
Note Low D
01:22
Exercise - Getting to Know E, Eb, and D
03:41
01:23

Let's quickly review everything we learned in this lesson; there was a lot!

Section 6: Lesson 15 - Syncopation and Cut Time
00:20

Here we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this Section, notably a new type of time signature called Cut Time and a new rhythmic concept called Syncopation.

Recap
03:04
Melody - 'Toreador'
02:47
Exercise - Cut Time
02:30
Melody - 'Twinkle in Cut Time'
02:36
Exercise - Syncopation
04:15
Melody - 'Russian Sailor Dance'
03:07
Scale B Major
02:05
01:24

Learn a new, higher note, F.

Note F#
01:28
Exercise - Getting to Know F and F#
01:53
Exercise - Getting to Know F and F#
03:08

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