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The earliest musical horn dates back to 4000 BC, made from a hollowed tree branch or animal horn it was a simple instrument whose more modern brass design became popular with huntsmen. There are many types of horn, the two principal ones being the single horn and the double horn. You hold the horn on your right hand side with the mouthpiece to your lips and the bell pointing backwards. Your left hand operates the valves, while the right supports the bell of the instrument or is inserted into the bell of the instrument to modify the sound - a technique unique to the horn.

The French Horn, or just "horn" for short is made from a very long, narrow tube of brass which is coiled round on itself to save space. The sound comes out of the flared bell, and is made by blowing a "raspberry" with your lips into the cup-shaped mouthpiece. You can make a number of different notes by varying the tension of your lips and pressing different combinations of the valves which divert the air through little extra lengths of tubing.

Other Horns belonging to the Brass catagory include the Tenor Horn which is also similar but much smaller, the Flugelhorn which is even smaller and the Baritone Horn which is the largest of all the Horns.

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iconBritish Horn Society
Encourage and support the development of all Horn players in the United Kingdom inlcudes information on grants, events and links.

iconDutch Hornist Society
The association of and for all hornists in the Netherlands and of course also for hornists in Belgium. Providing information, news and resources - site in Dutch.

iconHarrogate Brass Band
Formed in April 1970 from former Harrogate Granby High School Concert Band pupils it was the first brass band in Harrogate since the original Harrogate Silver Prize Band folded in 1956.

iconInternational Horn Society
Information about the society, members benefits include access to Thesis Lending Library, access to funding, discounts, networking, subscription to Horn Call magazine, horn related news and articles.

iconThe Internet Bandsman's Everything Within
Information resource for brass bands worldwide is packed full of information and links to brass instrument resources, humour, organisations, services and news.