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Introduction

Introduction

Find out first hand how a French horn is played, how it is constructed and how an instrument with just three keys can produce all the notes of the scale.

Steve Bell of Britten Sinfonia explains...

The French horn

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The French horn: special effects

The French horn mouthpiece

Enter the brave new world of horn 'mulitphonics' . Horn-player Steve Bell explains what they are and how he plays them.

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Articles

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The French horn in the orchestra

The french horn produces a beautiful sound but is one of the trickiest Western classical instruments to play. Find out from Steve Bell what he finds so attractive about the instrument.

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The French horn valves

How has the french horn developed over the centuries and what is the all-important harmonic series? Explore the modern-day instrument with horn-player Steve Bell.

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The French horn

How can the bell of the french horn effect the sound it makes? Steve Bell explains why horn-players often have various bells so they can subtly change how they sound.

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The French horn mouthpiece

The mouthpiece is the part of the french horn the player comes into closest contact with. Steve Bell talks all about mouthpieces and why they're so important.

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The French horn and mute

The mute can alter the sound of the french horn dramatically. Find out all about mutes and the effects they can produce from horn-player Steve Bell.

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Find out all about the French horn. What it sounds like, where it is from and how it is played

Find out all about the French horn. What it sounds like, where it is from and how it is played

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