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The Woodwind Family Of Musical Instruments

The wind instrument is a musical instrument that normally has a hollow tube or some kind of resonator, which and when blown from one end produces musical sound.

The sound is produced by the vibration of reeds in the mouthpiece, or when it’s blown. The pitch of the vibration will determined by the length of the tube or by the manual modifications of the effective length of the vibrating column of air.

Most of the wind instruments have keys or finger holes to vary the pitch of the sound. Different methods may be used to create different sound of music.

The woodwind instruments are a family of musical instruments within the general category of wind instrument. The woodwinds instruments are frequently used my many musicians around the world today.


The Woodwind Instrument includes the following Instruments:

The Flute

Flute belongs to a wind family of musical instruments. Originally flute was first made of wood. Today, flutes are also made of silver and other metals.

Flutes are usually blown or played using two methods: the end-blown or the side-blown. The sound of flute is so distinct, loud and clear.

The Piccolo

Piccolo is a very popular musical instrument that belongs to the family of woodwind instrument. Piccolo is a small instrument, half the size of a flute, yet very powerful in producing wonder sound of music. Piccolos are pitched in key of C and also in D.

The Oboe

Oboe is said to have used during the period of the Shawm of the Renaissance. In the 17th century the Soprano Oboe is frequently used and many opted for it.

The Clarinet

Clarinet was first used during the late 1600’s. Since then, the Clarinet has undergone many changes and innovations. Today there are different types of Clarinet instruments available in the market.

The Bassoons

The origin of Bassoon can be traced back to a musical instrument called the Curtal. Bassoons were mostly used in an orchestra performance during the 17th century. But it achieves its popularity in the 18th century.

The Contrabassoon

Contrabassoon is also known as the double bassoon because it’s bigger than the bassoons. Sometimes, Contrabassoon is also called as the bassoon’s big brother. The Contrabassoons are usually pitched lower than the original bassoons so it will require more lung-power for the player.

The Cornet

Cornet is very similar with that of a trumpet. Cornets are mostly pitched in B flat. A Cornet is a transposing instrument with valves. It’s frequently used in brass bands. The Cornet has a conical bore, whereas Trumpets has a cylindrical bore.

The Flutophone

Flutophone is a pre-band musical instrument in lightweight. Flutophones are very easy to clean and not very expensive as well.

The Harmonica

Harmonica is a free-reed musical instrument. It’s mostly used in folk music and blues. It’s a portable, affordable instrument that produces lovely music out of it.

The Dulcian

Dulcian is a double-reed wind instrument of the Renaissance period. It’s the predecessor of the Shawm and the precursor of the Oboe.

The Bagpipe

Bagpipe is a kind of instrument that requires a musician to have lung-power in order to play this instrument. This instrument is not very easy to play; you need to master in order to enjoy the fun of its music.

Orchestra performance or any other musical events will be incomplete without the support of the woodwind instruments mentioned above. The woodwinds instruments may not be very attractive like that of a guitar, piano, or other musicians favorite gadgets or devices, however, they play a very important role in any musical performances.