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Sense of fun helped teen excel at tricky French horn

By Michael Tsai

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2013

There were no celestial trumpets blaring, no angels descending, when Markus Osterlund picked up the French horn for the first time six years ago. Osterlund didn’t come from a musical family. His only previous musical experience was an abortive attempt at the piano when he was 6 years old. Assigned the instrument because he was one of the few in class who could coax a sound from the funnel-shaped mouthpiece, Osterlund struggled to use muscles he had never used before to try to play a jumble of lines and symbols he didn’t yet know how to read.

There were no celestial trumpets blaring, no angels descending, when Markus Osterlund picked up the French horn for the first time six years ago.

Osterlund didn’t come from a musical family. His only previous musical experience was an abortive attempt at the piano when he was 6 years old. Assigned the instrument because he was one of the few in class who could coax a sound from the funnel-shaped mouthpiece, Osterlund struggled to use muscles he had never used before to try to play a jumble of lines and symbols he didn’t yet know how to read. Login for more...



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