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A Simple Way To Understand Musical Instruments

May 31, 2008
Music has its origins way back in time, and some instruments of today can be traced to that. Anything that produces a sound for musical purpose, is known as a musical instrument. There are a variety of instruments available today that produce all sorts of sounds.

Musical instruments are divided into certain categories based on the sounds they produce as well as their quality. Quality pertains to sounds, rhythm, pitch, range, and things of that nature.

Wind instruments are those instruments that produces sound using column of air that vibrates inside of the instrument and thus produces sound. The frequency of the sound wave that is generated depends on the column of the air length as well as the shape while the quality of the sound or tone depends on the construction as well as the method for the production of tone adopted.

Clarinets, flutes, horns, and saxophones, are some examples of modern day wind instruments. These instruments are even sub-categorized into brass and woodwind categories.

A percussion instrument is an instrument which produces sound upon striking something. The sound will vary depending on the shape, cavity, and material used in the instrument. Common percussion instruments include bells, timpani, gongs, and drums.

The strings are another group of musical instruments. They include cellos, violins, violas, etc... The sound produced by these instruments is made when a vibration is produced; typically by the musician running a wood bow over the string itself.

The guitar, banjo, and lute are also included in the string instrument category. So as you can see, there are many options for you to choose from if you so wish to play a stringed instrument.

Keyboards are a very popular category as well. Many people love to play the piano and this has translated into an electric piano of the modern world. The sounds wildly vary depending on the model shape, size, and quality of tone.

Keyboards are known as electronic instruments because the sound they produce is done electronically. So as you can see, this is why they fit into the electronic category.

Brass instruments have a tube of different thickness and length in which air is blown through mouth to get different musical notes. Examples of brass instruments are French horn, tuba, trumpet, and trombone.

Musical instruments are categorized according to their playing level of the instruments and the sounds they produce. Some of these instruments are suitable for use by anyone while some are for only beginners. You can buy these instruments online as well or from the market.
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