I've been playing trumpet non-stop for as far as I can remember. I'm taking a month off and am playing the french horn and piano. Nothing against the trumpet, but I'm just burned out.
First thing I noticed about the horn was it's range. It's kind of upsetting that I can pick up a new instrument and the range is better than that of a trumpet (though the piano beats them all ). I could immediately hit a double high C on the french horn (which is the second ledger-line C, when reading the the key of F). Pitchwise, I believe, that equates to a high G (G above high C) on the trumpet. Only on good days can I ever get up there on the trumpet, yet on the horn that pitches comes out easily , and I didn't even think they were designed for high notes.
The low range on the horn is really strong too, it's easy to go down into the tubas range. Over five octaves can easily be played. I'm jealous.
Actually, it's been a nice break and though, I'm terrible (every note I hit, I crack despite using my ear like crazy) it's still fun. I think I've even heard that trumpet players are better at hitting the extreme high notes on the french horn. Why is that? I know they are used to it, but it's a totally different mouthpiece.
On a side note, can french horn and trumpet be played successfully simultaneously, or are the embouchure switches too much to do frequently? I know I haven't been having much luck mainting my trumpet lips. Any tips. Thanks.