How to Blow a Hunting Horn

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How to Blow a Hunting Horn
A hunting horn is a member of the bugle family. (brass bugle image by Richard J Thompson from

The hunting horn is a member of the bugle family, and is closely related to trumpets and other brass instruments. If you have ever played a French horn, tuba, trumpet, or other brass horn, you will be able to master a hunting horn fairly easily. However, you can successfully blow a hunting horn even if you have no musical experience. With a little practice, you can learn to blow a hunting horn in an afternoon.

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  1. 1

    Remove the mouthpiece from the hunting horn, if the mouthpiece is detachable. It is easier to master the correct embouchure, or lip placement, using a mouthpiece only.

  2. 2

    Pucker your lips slightly, and hold the hunting horn mouthpiece against your lips. There should be a small space between your lips.

  3. 3

    Open your throat as though you are going to yawn, and blow into the mouthpiece of the hunting horn with a steady stream of air, keeping your tongue away from your front teeth.

  4. 4

    Tighten and loosen your lips until the mouthpiece produces a steady sound. Adjust the tightness of your pucker or the distance between your lips if the sound trails off.

  5. 5

    Blow the horn with the minimum lip pressure necessary to produce a sound. Over-tightening your lips will tire your lip muscles sooner.

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    Flick your tongue against your front teeth to cut off the flow of air. Blow short, sharp notes by flicking your tongue forward.

  7. 7

    Blow lower notes by opening your lips wider, and blow higher notes by closing your embouchure more tightly.

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