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    Default What is the french horn's range?

    Someone said that it has a range of 5 to 6 octaves. Is that true?
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    Roughly B concert below the bass clef to top line concert F in the treble clef.

    BTW 25 - you sure start a lot of threads.
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    Check that persons' feet. Are they covered in something smelly?
    Were their eyes really dark brown? 'Cuz I think they might be full of the same smelly stuff.
    If my French Horn playing friend is correct, I think the best you can easily get is about 3-3 1/2 octaves.
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    Depends on how strong your arm is, and how well you get your weight behind the throw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    Roughly B concert below the bass clef to top line concert F in the treble clef.

    BTW 25 - you sure start a lot of threads.
    I'm sorry. I like thread-starting. There are times when I get such a HUMONGOUS rush of ideas that I don't know what to do with them. So I put some of them here. Did I have too much sugar? Who knows!
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    awwwww, no one replied to my tuba thread so far.
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    Horns have enormous range. The players, not so much.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horn_%28instrument%29
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    Quote Originally Posted by 25clarinets View Post
    I'm sorry. I like thread-starting. There are times when I get such a HUMONGOUS rush of ideas that I don't know what to do with them.
    Might I suggest spending some of that energy reading some of the excellent articles found in the links on the SOTW home page?
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    I was going to suggest engaging in another activity, but I'll save that one for when he's a little older...
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    Quote Originally Posted by 25clarinets View Post
    I'm sorry. I like thread-starting. There are times when I get such a HUMONGOUS rush of ideas that I don't know what to do with them. So I put some of them here. Did I have too much sugar? Who knows!
    It's a question one might reasonably ask (try wikipedia anyway), but it is hardly an idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
    It's a question one might reasonably ask (try wikipedia anyway), but it is hardly an idea.
    Well, by idea I meant ideas for questions to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    Might I suggest spending some of that energy reading some of the excellent articles found in the links on the SOTW home page?
    That might be just what I need. Thanks Gary.
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    I think the best I could do with a tuba is about 65 feet using a hammer style throw.... anybody in the sf bay area have one that we can toss this weekend?

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    Range of horn depends entirely on the skill level of the player. A student who has only played 2 years may only be able to effectively play from about an F below the treble clef up to a G above the treble clef. But as time goes on, your range broadens to pretty far. Personally, after 12 years, I can play from a B below the bass clef to about an E or an F an octave above the treble clef...putting me effectively at about 4.5 octaves. I say i can go down to a B because that's about the point where I lose all quality...BUT the horn can physically play down lower to an F# if you are REALLY good at pedal tones...but it is not a pleasant sound in general. In fact, the range of a horn is so versatile that in symphony orchestras, horn players tend to specialize in a certain range. 1st and 3rd horns tend to practice more in the upper ranges, frequently calling for high C's above the staff while 2nd may focus on the mid range... 4th is very demanding because they have to be very agile in the basement of the horns range where it is more difficult to play fast passages or project.
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    Off topic, but how about some Jazz on French Horn

    I don't know of too many who play high level jazz on the horn other than Mark. Does anyone know of anybody else?
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    Check out the London Horn Sound's recording of Caravan...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5eslrGzLbM
    I have this CD and I think it said that this track is played by 16 horns with a rhythm section...
    On the subject of range, the lead horn pulls off an A 2 octaves above the staff at about 3:33 on this recording...
    I wish composers would write more for jazz horn because horns can do so much with it!! Falls and glisses work better than trumpets, in my opinion.
    Also, Stan Kenton had a "mellophonium band" where he had not only the 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes...he added 4 mellophones! It didn't take off as well as it should have but I think his West Side Story arrangements are pretty good with the mellos.
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    Quote Originally Posted by cleger View Post
    Off topic, but how about some Jazz on French Horn

    I don't know of too many who play high level jazz on the horn other than Mark. Does anyone know of anybody else?
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    Default Re: What is the french horn's range?

    if thrown really hard....you should be able to reach about 25 metres!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleger View Post
    Off topic, but how about some Jazz on French Horn

    I don't know of too many who play high level jazz on the horn other than Mark. Does anyone know of anybody else?
    That is very interesting. I haven't heard anyone play jazz on French horn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saxualhealing View Post
    if thrown really hard....you should be able to reach about 25 metres!!!!!
    It really depends if you throw it spinning vertically, or horizontal like a frisbee/discus.
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