Horn Tuition

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by madsaz, May 13, 2008.

  1. madsaz

    madsaz Member

    Hi there, looking for help / advice please.

    I have recently switched from cornet to Horn & kind of feel like I have found "my instrument".I was technically good on a cornet, but without a decent sound - I have found that seems to make me technically pretty good on Horn, but I really have to get a better sound if I want to keep enjoying it.

    Obviously any tips will be gratefully recieved.

    However, I would love to get a short course of tuition from someone who really knows what they are doing, just to see if they can help me. I don't think I need lots of fingering/technique work, I think its all going to be about embouchure, breathing and sound.....

    I have an extremely chaotic life as a junior doc, so couldn't commit to lessons forever, plus shifts would make timing odd, so I would like to find someone who could take me say for 6-8 weeks, accepting there may be a weeks gap for night shifts. I don't mind travelling if it is something I can make happen.

    I am based in tameside but work in Salford so central manchester options could be good too.

    I have tried searching on google and classifieds here and on other sites, but haven't come up with much. Any suggestions would be gratefully recieved.


    Sara x
  2. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    If you can get a week off in August you can do a week of playing at the IBBSS in Swansea and get a lesson with Owen Farr (Solo Horn, Cory) as part of the package.

    P.S. Is Gilbert still parping with Ashton on BBb bass?
  3. madsaz

    madsaz Member

    week off in August - not a hope sadly, spending too much time at conferences at the moment.

    Gilbert has just done spring festival with us and hung up his 2 pairs of rehearsal glasses & japanese sniper outfit (unless he fancies a crack at something else) so we are looking for a BBb bass.

    Looks a good crack though (she says having read the prospectus) maybe I'll bear it in mind for another year.
    Last edited: May 13, 2008
  4. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Awww poo!

    I know Gilbert from when I was Solo Trom at Delph, he is a regular in the band club there.
  5. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Willing to be shot down by an expert...

    Horn is about sound, and to improve that, lots of long notes, especially pedals. Fill the beggar, and project - think BIG.

    Good luck :tup
  6. madsaz

    madsaz Member

    filling and projectiong are fine.

    Its just that my dubious attempts at vibrato sound more like Cher riding a penny farthing.

    And I think that probably needs one to one.

    In the meantime have consigned myself to low notes (very neccesary for range too) and lots of lip slurs.
  7. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    I'm sorry, but I don't know of any horn specialists in or around stalyvegas.

    Any peri teachers in the band?
  8. horn1

    horn1 Member

    Might be worth getting in touch with Salford Uni and seeing who their horn tutor is. Then you could approach about private lessons. When I was there it was shona but I haven't a clue who is there now!
  9. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    Yep it's Sheona at Salford.
    I'd offer to help, but not sure how much free time I have either!
  10. huggie

    huggie Member

    Hi there

    I found this article and remembered your post, I thought it might be of interest to you.


    I would suggest that you experiment with the different types of vib described untill you find one your are comfortable with. Don't expect instant results, hang in there and be patient. I returned to playing 6 months ago after a lay off of 14 years. At first I went through a panic stage for a short spell, I suspect that you may be doing the same.

    Good Luck
  11. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Think it's a little bit more than just sound though!
  12. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    OK, moving the valves occasionally might help... :rolleyes:

    I was actually repeating the advice I was given when I moved from (2nd?) cornet to 1st horn 30+ years ago...