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The Woodwind Family

Elementary general music introduction to the woodwinds family with performance samples at the end of the presentation.
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Maggie Haggerty

on 19 April 2016

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Transcript of The Woodwind Family

The Woodwind Family
Instrument Basics
There are four "families" of instruments:
-Woodwind -Brass
-Strings -Percussion
The way you must place your lips to play a wind instrument (woodwind or brass) is called the
embouchure.
Every
vibration.
sound in the world is made by
What makes a woodwind?
All woodwinds either
used
to be made from wood or
use
wood (reeds) to produce a sound.
There Are 3 Types of Woodwinds:
-flutes (no reed)
-single reeds
-double reeds
Flute
no reed
plays the highest notes
goes to the right of the face
The bigger/longer an instrument is, the the sound.
lower
The smaller/shorter an instrument is, the the sound.
higher
Oboe & English Horn
both use
double reeds
they look the
same except
the english
horn is
and has a
shaped bell
longer
bulb
the sound that a double
reed makes alone is
called a
crow
Bassoon
uses a double reed
these BIG bassoons play ..............
low
Clarinet
uses a single reed
now made from
wood or plastic
(wooden clarinets sound better)
bass clarinets are much larger, stretching all the way to the floor.
Saxophone
uses a single reed
made from brass, but the

makes it a woodwind
reed
not typically found in orchestras, but common in bands and jazz ensembles
flute
oboe
bassoon
clarinet
saxophone
piccolos are like a tiny flute
english horn
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