angryhawk987 • Jul 1, 2019 Hello! I am a new horn player switching from alto sax does anyone have any advice? Comments [user=30880686]xfritz53751[/user] Work on lip slurs and range exercises a lot. I don't play French horn, but I play other brass instruments, and that is very helpful. Also, work on intonation. [user=30144045]Gabriel Emilio[/user] I am a french horn too, and work on lip slurs a lot because it will be more easy play the french horn. [user=29763699]Jim Peppard[/user] PATIENCE!! The horn is a unique animal and cannot really be compared to anything else. Not easy, gets frustrating, but with practice you will find an amazingly beautiful instrument. I have found more than any other instrument that you need to have your ears warmed up/ in practice as much as the horn. Daily practice a must. I would also recommend a good mouthpiece... even if you have a cheaper horn. If the MP is an import type (no printing on it) then it is best kept as a spare. I personally have had best results with the Denis Wick MP's however there are lots of good name brand ones under $100. Good luck and Welcome to the horn community!! [user=32701140]RobotsCompose[/user] If it’s hard, you have to stick with it and keep trying! [user=30410468]graph_phantom14[/user] My teacher used to say that the french horn is the hardest but most beautiful wind instrument! You should know that the tongue is very important if you want to play this instrument. Unlike the saxophone, the horn has just 3 valves or how I call them - machines. That means that you have to change not only the valves to switch tons. Here is where the tongue takes part. Try using different syllables for the different tons. "TO" for the low register, "TA" for the middle register and "TI" for he high register. It is hard, but it is worth it. Yoy have to be patient! Good luck, colleague! [user=30277516]Mario von der Tann[/user] I played trumpet in my youth, then didn't play an instrument for over 30 years. Last November I fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine and started to play the French Horn. In the beginning it was somewhat frustrating, thinking I could use my trumpet experience. Not so at all... it was like starting from scratch. Different mouthpiece, different embouchure, different fingering, different hand doing the fingering for that matter, different everything... However, I was resilient, and kept practicing every single day. Two months later I was able to join a concert band, mainly due to the fact, that they only had one horn and were desperate to get another. I managed quite nicely and played my first concert with them in May. All this without a teacher. Involuntarily so, because horns are not very popular in my area and there simply weren't any teachers around. When practicing I kept getting frustrated though, one day I sounded like a "real" horn player, the next day like a toy trumpet. My progress was very inconsistent, until recently I finally found a teacher who revealed many things I've been doing wrong. Embouchure was the main thing causing the inconsistencies. So, I continue to practice every day, heeding my teacher's advice, and progress is audible in a much more consistent performance. Anyways, long story short: Main thing is practice, practice, practice, while having someone who knows what they're talking about check on your technique and advise on how to improve it. Now, almost a year into playing horn, sometimes I can't believe the progress I've made... Resilience pays off, early frustrations will eventually go away on their own, as long as you practice, practice, practice.