Woodwind instruments are a family of musical instruments within the more general category of wind instruments. There are two main types of woodwind instruments: flutes and reed instruments. What differentiates these instruments from other wind instruments is the way in which they produce their sound. Woodwind instruments are generally easier to play because of the way the air is blown into them, and many musicians who begin their music education with an instrument from the woodwind family eventually move on to learn how to play instruments in the brass family.
Not Just Another Woodwind Instrument.
The clarinet, a single-reed instrument played by blowing into a mouthpiece, was heavily favored by Mozart. In fact, he featured the clarinet in several solos throughout his compositions. Due to its sheer versatility, the clarinet is featured in genres that range from classical and jazz to military and marching bands. Closely associated with early jazz and Dixieland music, the clarinet quickly became a staple of Big Band and Swing music. Included in the clarinet family are soprano, bass, B flat, and E flat clarinets- each producing a slightly different sound.
Thought to be the very first musical instrument, the flute creates a slightly higher sound than that of the clarinet. Pitched in the key of C with a range of three octaves, concert flutes are one of the most common instruments in an orchestra. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, the flute is a reedless wind instrument that produces its sound by the flow of air across an opening. Although flutes were rarely featured in early jazz music, the instrument has gradually found its way into Big Band, jazz, and even classic rock music.
Flute is a rather special woodwind instrument, because of it is transverse and reedless.
The sound and tone production are based on air stream.
Nowadays flute becomes popular and well known.i found that sweet and elegant tone can be produced through flute. furthermore .flute’s keys can easily handle very fast fingers’ action , thus flute is also able to achieve very quick reaction.
It is easy to assemble and dissemble the parts of flute. the sound and tone is amazing, as you may think about an angel is playing a wonderful music when someone is playing flute in a serene atmosphere.
Italian for “small”, the piccolo is essentially a small flute, with sound produced the same way as a regular-sized flute except an octave higher. Popular with Bach and Handel, perhaps the most notable piccolo piece is John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Created by Adolfe Sax in 1846, the saxophone was meant to bridge the gap between the brass section and woodwinds. By coupling strong vocal quality with the agility often associated with woodwinds, the saxophone provides an ideal balance between the two. Although the saxophone was intended to be a military instrument, it has since found its place in concert music, marching bands, orchestras, symphonies, and chamber music. Since it’s closely associated with the two, it’s often used to double a woodwind or brass instrument. Saxophones are widely held is some of the best for both marching and concert performance.
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HELICON AS-8065 Alto Saxophone
Been using Helicon music for several years and recently start learning flute. The sound and tone really good and I highly recommended to all my student
The tone of the saxophone is bold and strong while the sound produce is smooth and pleasant .It is nice to hear when others listen to.
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