Blog #27
Blog #27: Instrument of the week
Woodwind Family

Woodwind Instruments

For the last four weeks, we are going to look at the four major families of instruments, to cover the broader topic, and more instruments before the year is out.  This week we will be looking at the woodwind family of instruments.
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Overview

Woodwind instruments are made of a long hollow tube of wood or metal. There are two main types of woodwind instruments, flutes and reed woodwinds. Flutes make sound by blowing air into or across an opening in the instrument. Reed woodwinds make sound by blowing air through a very thin piece of shaved wood called a reed. The woodwind instruments require a great deal of breathing and coordination between your breath and hands. 
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Common Woodwind instruments in the U.S.


Piccolo
Piccolo


Flute
Flute

Clarinet
Clarinet

Saxophone
Saxophone

Bassoon
Bassoon

Oboe
Oboe
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Some woodwind instruments from around the globe


Recorder
Recorder

Pan Flute
Pan Flute

Shakuhachi
Shakuhachi

Ocarina
Ocarina

Shawm
Shawm

Cor Agnlais
Cor Anglais


Crumhorn
Crumhorn

Bagpipes
Bagpipes

Harmonica
Harmonica
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Links


Woodwind Instruments breakdown

List of woodwind instruments

How woodwind instruments work
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Respond

Click this link to respond to the questions below

If you had to pick one of the instruments listed, which one would you be most interested in? Why?

Pick two of the instruments listed above and compare and contrast them. How do they sound similar? How do they sound different? What are the major differences in how they are built or played?