Monday, July 12, 2010

Brass Instruments

Here are some pictures of brass instruments to help you visualise them.



French Horn

Philip Farkas was born to non musical parents on March 5, 1914 and died December 21, 1992. He was the principal horn player in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years and left in 1960 to join the music faculty at Indiana University Bloomington. He wrote The Art of French Horn Playing which is a great book for horn players.

Here is one persons review.

"The methods and suggestions in this book are pinpoint accurate. Among the Horn world, I would have to say this is the most popular and recommended book. The book varies to all subjects of music and gives great pointers. If you have any trouble playing the Horn, this book has something for you."

People have reported that the french horn is more difficult than most brass to play because it requires good pitch recognition and has a more difficult mouthpiece.  Also, some people believe that it is easier to master the french horn if you have played another instrument especially another brass instrument. Other people believe that if you are prepared to put in the effort and practise then it does not matter if the freanch horn is your first or second ( or.... instrument ) as your determination will help you succeed, especially if you pick up a book like "Art Of  French Horn Playing" to help you.

Also as not so many people play the french horn as instruments like the trumpet, violin, flute, clarinet and guitar, then it will be easier to progress into orchestras, bands etc. These other instrumentalists will most likely have to audition and even if you are a very good player can miss out due to the large numbers who play.

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone

Orchestral Tuba

Military Band Tuba

The Orchestra

Here is a link to information on the Orchestra

Military Band

A military band is a group of people that perform musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. They also play at military funeral ceremonies. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instrument. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music.

Music played by a military band is ceremonial and marching music including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well. Military bands play music whilst still and moving.

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