French Horn

French Horn Hamster

The French Horn is a brass instrument made of more than 20 feet of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell.  In informal use, “horn” may also refer to nearly any wind instrument.

Pitch is controlled through the adjustment of lip tension in the mouthpiece and the operation of valves by the left hand, which route the air into extra tubing.   Three valves control the flow of air in the single horn, which is tuned to F or less commonly B♭. The more common double horn has a fourth valve, usually operated by the thumb, which routes the air to one set of tubing tuned to F or another tuned to B♭.

A musician who plays the horn is called a horn player (or less frequently, a hornist).

French Horn

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