History and Information about the Baritone Horn
The baritone horn, or baritone, is one of the middle members of the brass family. It is similar to the euphonium and shares a pitch range with that instrument, although the tone is considered brighter (but more mellow than a trombone). Its origins can be traced back to the serpent, an early wind instrument from which most lower brass instruments are derived. When you take baritone horn lessons, you will be able to learn from a large repertoire for both the baritone and for related instruments.
When to Start on the Baritone Horn
You can start baritone lessons as young as age 8, depending on the student’s lung capacity and physical strength. They also must be able to effectively use the muscles around the mouth to maintain an embouchure.
Getting a Baritone Horn
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a baritone horn. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when buying or renting a used baritone, it is recommended that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Baritone Horn
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.