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French Horn

It is official... you play the coolist instrument in the orchestra.  There is nothing better than hearing that great soaring horn line ripping above the ensemble.  The horn is also one of the most challenging instruments to play.  Press down a valve and hope you find the right note!  You have to have a good ear and a lot of patience.  


Here are some resources to help you:


Philharmonia French Horn Link


Listen to Horn Music Here



Simple Horn Warm Ups
















  • Marvin Howe. Method for the French Horn (Howe)

Early Studies

  • Robert Getchell. First Book of Practical Studies, Second Book of Practical Studies (Belwin)

  • Max Pottag and Nilo Hovey. Pottag-Hovey Method for French Horn, books 1 and 2 (Belwin)


  • Kopprasch, ed. by Chambers. 60 Selected Studies for French Horn, book 1 (International)**

  • Maxime-Alphonse. Two Hundred New Melodic and Gradual Studies, volume 1 (Alphonse Leduc)

  • Erwin Miersch. Melodious Studies for French Horn (Carl Fischer)

  • Max Pottag, ed. Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work for French Horn (Belwin)

Moderately Advanced*

  • G. Concone, ed. John Shoemaker. Legato Etudes for French Horn (Belwin)

  • J.-F. Gallay. 12 Studies for Second Horn, Op. 57 (International)

  • Hermann Neuling. 30 Spezial-Etuden fur tiefes Horn, volume 1 (Pro Musica Verlag)

  • Kopprasch. Ibid, volume 2

  • Maxime-Alphonse. Ibid, volumes 2-3


  • J.-F. Gallay. Préludes méasurés et non méasurés, Op. 27 (Sansone or International)

  • Maxime-Alphonse. Ibid, volumes 4-5

  • Neuling. Ibid, volume 2

  • Verne Reynolds. 48 Etudes (G. Schirmer)


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