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Re: French Horn Bass Clef
I also duck my head down to get the air to flow straighter down the bore. It takes a lot of practice to play down in the lower registers, so practice that direction every day using chromatics down.
...to add to what Elroy stated, to get that relaxed embouchure, the student will need to really, really open their teeth. Otherwise there won't be much of a center to the pitch, and it will be very sharp.
In college, I was always playing the low stuff in Wind Ens., Orchestra, and the Horn Ens. I had to relax to the point where I was playing with almost no bottom lip. Your mileage may vary.
I'm getting on in years and my long term memory is a little iffy, but i vaguely remember that in old notation, bass clef horn you play it up an octave, not knowing the piece you are referring to or the composer i don't know if you are dealing with old or new notation. if it is new notation and to be played where notated, you must play it on the f side of the horn. obviously that low in the horn range you need a more relaxed embouchure. I recommend having your student work down to that note chromatically until it becomes secure. For non horn playing directors I always recommend getting a copy of the Farkas book, "The Art of French Horn Playing".
French Horn masters, we have a student that is playing a solo in which she needs to play down to a Bass Clef Ab at bottom of staff. Please provide suggestions on helping her get that low.
Thank you in advance.