Musical Instruments – A Very Short List

Musical Instruments – A Very Short List

Musical Instrument is an introductory course designed especially for prospective students to embark upon their own musical journey. It’s designed especially for prospective students who aren’t quite sure of what instrument they want to study further. In fact, it enables students first to try out a wide variety of instruments to understand better which to pursue further. Musical Instruments can be divided into two major categories: Classical and Popular.


Classical musical instruments date back to the period of ancient Greek and Roman culture. These instruments are popular with both modern-day musicians and the aficionados of music in the past. The most popular classical musical instruments used today include violins, violas, cellos, keyboards, timbres, basses, and other wind instruments like flute, saxophone, trumpet, and so on. These musical instruments were introduced to the world during the Medieval Times in Western Europe when the population was dominated by the Christian Faith and church music was prevalent in the people’s daily lives.


The popularity of woodwind instruments can be attributed to their richness in tone and range and their adaptability to various types of music. The most popular woodwind instruments are bassoons, mandellas, cellists, flutes, tympanic, and bassoons. Although all these musical instruments belong to the brass family, some have a tin whistle attached to the body. The whistle made from a metal tube has a slightly different octave frequency than the tubes in other types of tubular brass instruments. This has made the woodwind instrument a versatile one.


The other type of musical instrument is the percussion instrument. Percussion instruments make use of bones, sand, percussion hammers, cymbals, tambourines, and drums. These are usually played by European musicians and are part of the eastern Mediterranean culture. The most famous are the drums. Drums are played in several different forms. Drum circles, marching bands, drum ensembles, and rock concerts are some of the events where the musical instruments are regularly played.


Probably, the most known percussion and woodwind musical instruments are the saxophone and the trumpet. A single person plays the saxophone. The trumpet is played by a group of people or an ensemble. Both of these instruments are characterized by their distinctive sounds. And both of them have undergone significant changes over the years.


Their tonal properties distinguish saxophones. The tone may vary according to the extent to which the drumbeat is struck. And according to its pitch, it may be classified as soft, medium, or hard. The timbre of a percussion instrument can also vary according to its length and the thickness of the tube. But what distinguishes a saxophone from a piano is that the former produces a broader range of tones, while the latter is merely short and sharp.


Unlike other instruments mentioned above, the Piano is distinguished by its timbre and its construction. It is made of a single or a group of wood called the “wooden” part. On the other hand, a percussion instrument comprises several hollow tubes covered with a thick leather or plastic tube. And like the saxophone, a percussion instrument is usually played by a single player.


One other type of stringed instrument is the reed. The reed is played by a single-stringed instrument, either of nylon or synthetic materials. Their tonal qualities characterize the reeds. And just like all other instruments mentioned above, they too have undergone significant changes over the years. But what distinguishes the reed from other stringed instruments is that it is the only musical instrument that does not rest on one string but on both.

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