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The French Horn produces a wide variety of sound ranging from very loud to very soft, and from harsh and blaring to mellow and smooth.
The French horn's 18 feet of tubing is rolled up into a circular shape, with a large bell at its end. There are anywhere from 2 to 8 French horns in an orchestra, and they play both melody and harmony as well as rhythm. To play the French horn, the player holds it with the bell curving downward and buzzes into the mouthpiece. Your left hand plays the three valves and you can change the type of sound you make by the way you place your right hand in the bell. French Horns are found in Orchestras, symphonic brass ensembles and Concert bands but not in Brass Bands.