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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
10:33 pm
Draining spit/condensation?
Hi, I just joined this comm within the last half-hour and am wondering if there's a best way to drain out the spit from my horn. The only way I know is to take the mouthpiece out and turn it around until the spit comes out the leadpipe—or take the slides out directly if you know where the spit is.

I've been playing brass instruments since I was 10 and taught myself the F horn when I was in high school, but have never figured out why they don't have a spit valve stuck on it! (Even my bari sax has a spit valve at the bottom of the crook!) I recently finished paying off a Con 6D and am loving it, but I'm frustrated that it collects spit so fast and starts making that noise—you know, the gurgle of death.

Are there FAQs I should look at before I ask questions like this? If this gets asked regularly I'd be happy to look at the main archive.
Friday, February 9th, 2007
4:29 pm
Valve Maintenance

I'm Moe.  I'm new here.  And, I have a few suggestions about the valve situtation.  I had the same problem when I got my new Holton a few years back.   The valves are ground in with very few thousandths of an inch tolerance.  There is a proper method for oiling your valves:   
1.  Squirt roter/ key oil in to the space between the swivel arm and the rotor shaft (DO NOT USE VALVE OIL)

2.  Remove the valve cap and place roter/ key oil in the hole.  A good idea is to coat the treads of the casing as well and close it up.

3.  A small amount of valve oil can then be place down each of the valve slides and in the lead pipe.  This is used to slow oxidation.

4.  Press the levers rapidly while turning the horn in all directions simultaneously.  This will allow the oil to flow to all surfaces.

Happy maintenance!

Sunday, December 10th, 2006
8:21 pm
Hello all! I just wanted to announce the sale of a new CD on MSR Classics label.

"Celebration, horn music of Randall Faust" featuring Dr. Andrew Pelletier, Horn

it's a fabulous recording (i'm listening to it right now) of 11 Faust compositions. Included are progam notes for each composition and Bio's for the performers. I just got the CD and it's worth every penny! (yeah, Pelletier is my horn teacher, but he's good!) Happy end of semester/quarter to everyone out there!

...it's a great Christmas list idea. Available at Amazon.com
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
12:23 pm
Could I trouble you guys to help me come up with unaccompanied pieces for solo horn? I know there are many...here's the ones I know of...

Otto Ketting, Intrada
Arnold, Fantasy
Kroll, Laudatio^sp?
Berge, Horn-Lokk

Any additional ideas? Thanks...


Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
12:02 pm
Hey in my band, we're playing Bb horns (marching or mello, I have no idea) and our music is in F. How do I transpose? I never really had to in the past. This year I am kind of suck by myself and I need some help.

Okay so if my music read my F Concert scale (C to C), how would you transpose it so that I can play it?

Thanks so much
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
3:31 pm
Hello Hello!
Hello everyone. I'm starting up a journal to meet hornplayers and musicians alike, and also to learn/share knowledge about horn playing and music. I hope this finds everyone well. Can't wait to hear from you. Have a great day.



Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
6:04 pm
Does anyone have fingering for the Bb mellphone/marching horn?
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
5:02 pm
Sticking valves
The valves on my (Yamaha) French horn are moving *extremely* slowly when they're coming back up after I push them. My section leader helped me take out one of the rotars and i cleaned it up, and oiled it with some good oil, but alas, it didnt help at all. We've tightened strings and greased and cleaned but nothing seems to be working. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
2:10 pm
Mouthpiece suggestions?
I recently acquired a used Reynolds Bb horn and the mouthpiece that came with it is a Holton SC. I am a novice horn player but have played trumpet for a year and a half so of course the SC seems small but I'm concerned it may be too small as I am getting a very poor low register. I realize the Bb horn limits my low range and maybe I just need to work on it but am thinking I need something more open. I don't want anything that significantly diminishes my high range, just a little more versatility.

crossposted to hornplayers
Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
2:04 pm
Bath time
When you give a horn a bath do you remove valve caps?
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
3:03 pm
Bb Horn
What is the lowest true note a single Bb horn can play, as written in F?
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
8:51 pm
Hi! I'm Stephanie. My main instrument is the oboe, but I am learning French horn for the school pep band. I have been playing for three days and I'm completely lost. I'm basically another beginner just asking for tips about, well, how to play. I believe I could most use tips on improving my embochure. Any help would be great. Thank you all!

Current Mood: artistic
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
1:20 pm
I'm going to rent a horn and I was just wondering if anyone wanted to reccommend some...

In school I used Yamaha, because that's what everything was. =S
Monday, May 23rd, 2005
5:22 pm
I go to an arts school and I play the piano. However, the band director, who is friends with me, needs french horn players to fill the lower band (there are 3 total real french horn players left, and actually they're all seniors). SO, he asked me to play, because I played in middle school. Yet I had the worst band director ever, so I really don't know how to play. I stole a Fussell book today because school's out and I had to go back to check out a horn and there was one just sitting there, so I took it. Besides a mouthpiece and a school horn, that's all I have. Basically I'm relearning the instrument. Help?

Current Mood: calm
Friday, April 22nd, 2005
11:34 pm
Today I was playing and one of my valves fell out. I would describe it more as it went flying out on a loud, high note. But it fell on the main pipe underneath it, so it didn't fall on the floor...

My friend suggested too much grease, but I don't think so.
Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
6:01 pm
I'm glad I found this journal. I very recently started to play the french horn. A little over a month ago. I'm pretty decent at it. I know all the fingerings and can get a good sound, I just need to work on the higher notes and pitches. I play a double horn.

Any advice for a beginner french horn player?
As a brass instrument, am I supposed to breathe through my nose? Because I switched from sax and am used to breathing through my mouth... Also, any tips with mouth positioning or hitting notes properly would be helpful.

I can empty valves very well. Although, when I was cleaning it, I guessed that I was supposed to use this long spring-type thing with brushes on it - I got mad at it and swore to never use it again. And putting on the bottle grease hurt my fingers. I also have cork grease and one in a small, round container.
Sunday, January 30th, 2005
5:07 am
I just realized yesterday evening I can play all of the first mvt of Mozart horn concerto #1 on my trumpet, in tune with the recording in the key of E on the trumpet. Does this mean if I had a Bb or double horn that I could play the same piece with essentially the same fingerings and the range (lip/support)that I have attained on the trumpet?
Friday, January 28th, 2005
4:09 am
Single Bb or doulbe horn?
I thought that a horn with four valves was a double until I saw this. He says it's a Bb. Please explain. BTW is a Maxtone anything worth having?
Friday, December 17th, 2004
12:35 pm
So what's the point?

A lot of people learn to play instruments on their own. My goal is to make a space where people can ask and answer questions to help everyone, especially self-taught musicians, become better players.

I teach horn lessons, and will happily answer questions about horn playing.
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