Looking for a Portland Oregon French Horn Teacher? A Trumpet Teacher in the Portland Metro Area?

I am currently open to new students for French Horn or Trumpet on weekends, or Monday and Thursday evenings, either in your home or at a rented studio.

My rates are:

In Person Lessons

  • $40 for an hour
  • $30 for a half hour

Skype Lessons

  • $30 an hour
  • $25 for a half hour

About Richard Rohrich Portland Oregon French Horn Teacher:

I’ve been playing french horn for over 30 years. I currently play in several local community bands. I enjoy passing my enthusiasm and knowledge about horns to others. I enjoy teaching at all levels, but I especially like teaching beginners.

My teaching is involves whole tones, scales and method books, but I tailor my teaching to the goals and needs of my students. I have a background in IT Tech and can help you set up the Skype program on your computer for use with my lessons.Rich with horn, portland oregon french horn teacher

If you are interested in French horn lessons or trumpet lessons, please contact me now by email: info at hornfacts.com or call (503) 610-8649 or leave a comment in the comment section below or use this form.

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Here are some fun french horn facts

Are you aware that the number of individuals who choose the horn as their first instrument is always rising? Or do you know that it is a universal instrument? Well, the following are some facts about the French horn you may or may not have come across.

1. The Original Instrument was Actually Real Animal Horn

You feel proud when you are holding your shiny piece of wind instrument made from metal. In fact, you spend lots of time wiping and polishing it to make sure it is not only elegant but produces good sound. But, are you aware that the original was actually a real animal horn? Yes, it was sourced from animals such as rams, goats and others. It was transformed into a wind instrument after removing the marrow. It required great skill to produce quality sound as the player had to vary the speed and amount of air he let in and out.

2. The French horn is a Wind Instrument

If you have come across or held the French horn, you are aware that it is a brass wind instrument made from metal. It constitutes of a series of pipes that vary in length and thickness. Usually, the longest pipe measures about 13 feet and when combined with the bell, the length can increase up to 20 feet. Also included is a mouth piece that the player blows into, and valves that help control or moderate the flow of air. There are many designs of French horns; however, they all follow the same format of play.

3. The Original Purpose of the French horn was to Hunt and Make Announcements

One of the interesting French horn facts is that is wasn’t meant to be a musical instrument. According to statistics, this type of horn was mainly used in hunting expeditions. By blowing it, a lead hunter would organize the other hunters and also direct them to the location prey had been sighted. In some cultures, the horn was used to make announcements about events. For instance, in Jewish culture, the horn locally known as shofar was made from the horn of a ram, and was used to announce events such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

4. The Origin of the Modern French horn Is Actually Germany

Over time, the traditional horn went through changes. First, it ceased being made from a real animal horn and instead was crafted from metals such as brass. The length and size also grew as longer pipes were incorporated and a bell was introduced; and to produce a clear and favorable sound, a mouthpiece as well as valves was included. However, are you aware that these changes first took place in Germany and not in France? The modern horn originated in Germany and can be traced back to the 1600s.

5. The True name of the French horn is “Horn”

Like many other individuals, you refer to this brass instrument as the French horn. But, do you know that this name isn’t the documented name. In fact, it is used simply because it has stuck on people’s minds for too long. In 1971, the International Horn Society said the brass instrument should formally be referred to as the horn. This was in line to the fact that it didn’t originate from France. However, both amateurs as well as professionals still prefer using the term “French horn.”

6. The Horn Is Always Evolving

If you were given the first true “French horn” today, you most likely wouldn’t recognize it. The first horn was quite simple and had the appearance of a circular horn. It was made from a fairly long single tube that rarely exceeded 10 feet, and also had a flared bell and mouthpiece. However, after 1600, the instrument started becoming more complex and refined. This was aimed at producing better sound and pitch, and also making it a true musical instrument. By mid 1800s, pistons and valves had been included, the flared bell was much larger, and the pipes longer.

7. The Horn Works Differently From Other Wind Instruments

Wind instruments produce musical by moderating the air flow through use of pistons. For instance, in a trumpet or trombone, the pistons control the amount of air. The goal is to shorten the distance the air travels. However, the French horn works different. Pressing down the rotary valves opens the airways allowing more air to pass through. This action increases the distance rather than decreasing it. This is one of the French horn facts that have many newbie students quite amazed.


8. Learning to Play the Instrument Has Become Much Simpler

Do you know that playing the modern horn is much simpler that earlier versions? You like other aspiring horn players may be finding it challenging to learn the instrument. In fact, you may be contemplating giving up. But, are you aware that the modern French horn is more user-friendly? The earlier instrument required learning a technique known as hand covering. This entails using your hands to cover part of the bell. This required more time and great skills. However, thanks to use of rotary valves, this technique is no longer needed.

9. The Horn Is Quite Versatile

You possibly got attracted to the horn after hearing a player crack a wide range of notes. What impressed you most is the fact that this instrument has only three valves. Truth is the horn achieves this because it is based on harmonic or overtone range. Unlike other brass instruments which are built around the second octave, the French horn’s primary range is found on the third octave. The harmonics are much closer and it is also easy to miss a note.

Looking at the facts stated above, this brass instrument is quite impressive. Becoming a good player requires time, effort and most importantly, patience. The above French horn facts should certainly inspire you to learn this brass instrument.

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