As you know musical instruments are grouped into families based on how they make sounds. But what you may not know is that some instruments do not quite fit into a group — below you will understand why!
September 24th, 2019
Brass instruments are usually made of brass, hence the name. However, in some cases, they can also be made of other metals. The brass instruments make sounds when air is blown inside; to do so, our lips must buzz, against the mouthpiece.
Brass instruments include trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, cornet, and bugle.
Most percussion instruments make sounds when they are smacked; while others make sounds when shaken, rubbed, scratched, or whatever else will make the instrument vibrate and thus produce a sound.
Percussion instruments include drums, cymbals, triangle, chimes, timpani, bells, and xylophone.
The sounds of string instruments come from their strings. Strings may be plucked, bowed, or struck, creating a vibration that causes a unique sound.
String instruments include the violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and dulcimer.
Woodwind instruments, like brass instruments, produce sound when air is blown inside. They are usually made out of wood (or sometimes plastic). To produce sounds air might be blown across an edge, between a reed and a surface, or between two reeds.
Woodwind instruments include flute, piccolo, clarinet, recorder, bassoon, and oboe.
This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “Families of Musical Instruments” an article published on www.factmonster.com