The Mellophone is a medium-range instrument which typically takes the place of the French horn in marching bands. Its appearance is similar to that of a trumpet except for more tubing and a much larger bell.
The instrument in our collection was purchased on eBay. It was described as a Yamaha "Marching French Horn". It is pitched in Bb (and is a transposing instrument), though French Horns are typically pitched in the key of F.
The articles provided here are:
- Mellophone - WIKIPEDIA - an article describing the instrument.
- Mellophone vs French Horn - from The Online Metronome - this article provides comparisons of the Mellophone to the French horn, though the fingering chart is for an instrument in the key of F, not Bb.
- "The Mello Zone" from the Horn Articles Online of the Arizona State University Horn Studio
- Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece - from Horn Matters
Part I: The Rim and Preliminary thoughts
Part II: The Cup, Throat and Bore
Part III: Weight, Plating and shopping tips
- Arban's Famous Method for Baritone horn and Trombone
(WWW) - an archived copy of a classic book for playing the Baritone/trombone. (Our Bb Mellophne has the same fingerings as the Bb Baritone.) Section Index for Arban's book. (Select PDF copy to download)
- Table of Contents
- pg 006 [0.7 MB] - Introduction
- pg 017 [2.3 MB] - First Studies
- pg 044 [1.9 MB] - Studies for the Slur
- pg 062 [3.0 MB] - Studies of Scales
- pg 091 [3.3 MB] - Studies for Grace Notes
- pg 126 [3.6 MB] - Studies for Intervals
- pg 162 [3.5 MB] - Triple and Double Tonguing
- pg 203 [2.0 MB] - Characteristic Studies
- pg 225 [3.4 MB] - Fantasies and Airs with Variations
- Some Youtube videos about the Mellophone::
Introducing the Mellophone (08:36)
Mellophone vs French Horn (04:50)
Baritone First Lessons (20:25)
How to Play the Baritone/Euphonium (03:30)
How to Play the Euphonium Baritone (21:34)
Baritone/Euphonium Beginner Lessons (10 lessons, 2-3 minutes each)