How Do Place Your Fingers On Your Left Hand On The Levers

As I consider the question of how to place one’s fingers on the levers of a French horn, I am reminded of the many young musicians and older folks I have met over the years who have struggled with this very issue. The French horn is a complex instrument, with a valve system that requires precision and dexterity to play effectively. Proper finger placement is essential for achieving clear and resonant notes.

In my experience, the best way to place one’s fingers on the levers of a French horn is to maintain a relaxed and natural hand position that allows for smooth and accurate valve action. This means positioning the fingers on the top of the valve casing, just above the lever mechanism, with the fingertips slight curved and resting gently on the valve levers.

It’s important to avoid any unnecessary tension or pressure that could interfere with the player’s ability to move the valves smoothly and quickly. The fingers should be slightly curved and relaxed, with the thumb used to activate the valve levers and the other fingers providing support and stability.

When depressing a valve lever, the player should use a firm and direct motion, pressing the lever down with the tip of the thumb and releasing it smoothly to produce a clear and resonant note. With practice and attention to technique, players can develop their own individual approach to finger placement that maximizes their control and expression on the instrument.

In summary, playing the French horn requires not only technical skill but also a deep understanding of the instrument’s mechanics. By maintaining a relaxed and natural hand position and paying close attention to finger placement, players can achieve the clarity and precision necessary to produce beautiful music on the French horn.