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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.

French Horn
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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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