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6 Essential Tips for being a Better French Horn Player

The basis of being a good french horn player is good technique, so make sure you have the following points in mind the next time you’re practicing:
1) Control your breath, the french horn is a wind instrument, that means that your whole respiratory system, from your lungs to your nose and mouth, must work synchronized with it. Not only do you need to supply the instrument with a steady flow of air, remember, you also must save some for yourself. Make sure that when you blow the intrument, you keep a steady flow of air. Don’t just “spit the air”, but rather push it without variating the speed or force of the exhalation.
2) Keep your mouth open, imagine you have your mouth full of food, and try to make as most space inside your mouth as you possibly can. This will help you create a better resonance when you blow the instrument.

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The history of woodwind instruments

The history of woodwind instruments dates back to time of first made tools for domestication and farming practices. The two main woodwind instruments used during these times were; flutes and reeds. People realized that they could make music from wind by causing the wind to vibrate within a region prompting them to make instruments mainly of wood to serve the purpose of music entertainment. These wood instruments were mainly bands of ten or twenty and more to generate music. Such instruments were considered sacred and were kept safe.

History of woodwind instruments majorly started with the make of flute which were either open or closed. Flutes during these immemorial time were made from hollowed tree branches, tubular reeds and maybe just wood not as compared to today where they are made from metals and metal alloys.

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History of the Flute

The Flute is a musical instrument that is under the family of woodwind. Flute is basically a reedless wind musical instrument or aerophone unlike the woodwind instrument basically having reeds. Musicians who play flute are simply referred to flautist, flutist or a flute player.

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History of the French Horn

The french horn passes as an exceptionally beautiful musical instrument. The quality and mellow of sound from this bass family’s second highest sounding musical instrument has no close rival either from marching band, brass ensemble or orchestra. Yet, despite all this, the history of the french horn remains a mystery to many. This article highlights the development of the french horn, right from the earliest form to the most present form.

Basically, the french horn is in the records as one of the oldest instrument to be in continuous use. The Hebrew shofar, its direct ancestor, is still in use 6000 years later. A close resemblance to the modern day french horn was developed from the shofar at around 1550. The instrument so developed was in form of coiled helical horns and was used for sending hunting codes, in Italy, France and Germany.
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The Trumpet Through The Ages

The trumpet is more than a musical instrument. It is in fact part of world history. For thousands of years, it has played part in almost all major civilizations. It is believed that the trumpet was used as a signaling device in Ancient Egypt, Greece and the Far East. Read more »