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Recently it feels like my musicianship has developed greatly. But this has left My endurance lacking for what i want to play. Short bursts of higher playing are fine, but after a couple of bars above C my lips lock up and my sound goes away. This happens especially when im playing in the orchestra but still happens when doing solo repertoire. Adding more air just changes the tone.
Am I doing something wrong?
Any good excercises?
Should i just do long tones on the edge of the high range?
Maybe it has something to do with mouthpiece choice, i feel like my current one is a bit too small (Alexander 21).
Hi. I played a french horn in my high school years, now after ~10 years I wanted to restart playing for fun.
I bought a horn, I believe it is Bb single horn with 4 valves, because it looked like the one I had previously. I started playing with fingerings from my memory, initially I couldn't play an octave(Do-Do), but then I got it.
Today I looked at this subreddit and found out that I am playing Bb horn using F horn fingerings, it kinda sounds OK to my ear, but it is really hard to push myself above 2nd Do, I remember I could play second Sol or even La and I don't remember that 2nd octave was so hard.
What should I do? I really don't want to learn all the fingerings from scratch, and the 4th valve confuses me. When I look at the fingering charts, there are so many variations for Bb 4 valve horns. I think mine is with stop valve(length between 1st and 2nd valve).
Pretty much the title. I'm looking to play the second movement, and do not feel like reading it in concert pitch. Googling left me with nothing, and I don't really have the time to sit and transpose it, so figured I would ask here.
Also, if one doesn't exist, shoot me a PM if you would be willing to transpose it for me at a reasonable price.
EDIT: I got the mellophone for a grand total of 38 USD. Its tuning is actually quite amazing, and has almost the same range as a true french horn. I'm astonished by what i just got... It's in Bb instead of F, and uses a normal horn mouthpiece instead a trumpet.