VIOLINIs the most popular instrument in the string family. It has a high,brilliant sound. It is the smallest instrument in the string family.There are more violins in a symphony orchestra than any otherinstrument.
VIOLAThis instrument looks like the twin brother of the violin, but its a bit bigger with aslightly lower sound. You probably could not tell the difference between the violin andviola unless you put them side by side.
DOUBLE BASSThis instrument stands over six feet tall and is the lowest soundinginstrument in the string family. It is a popular instrument for manydifferent styles of music, including symphonic, jazz and rock. Thedouble bass is similar in pitch to a bass guitar.
HARPThe instrument of the angels. It has 47 strings and seven pedals.It isplayed by plucking the strings with the fingers of both hands. Theseinstruments are found in almost every size and in every culture on theplanet. Harps have been around for thousands of years.
PIANOIt was invented by Cristofori in 1700 . It is the most popular of all thekeyboard instruments. Lots of music has been written for it. Beethovenwas one of the first piano virtuosi. Hammers strike the strings tomake it sound.
CEMBALOA musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It was verypopular in the Baroque era ( 1600-1750).It produces sound by plucking astring when a key is pressed.
GUITARIts a plucked string instrument usually played with fingers andsometimes with a pick. It has a long neck and six strings. The body ismade of wood. It can be used in classical and popular music.
FLUTEThis silver instrument has a high, bright sound. Air is blown into asmall hole to produce its joyful sound. It is made of metal, even thoughit is in the woodwind family. The instrument is found in culturesthroughout the world. It is one of the oldest and most popularinstruments in the history of music.
SAXOPHONEIs the newest of the woodwind instruments. It looks like it belongs inthe brass family because of its golden colour. It is a single reedinstrument and is popular in pop, jazz, and rock bands. It got its namefrom its inventor, the Belgian Adolphe Sax ( 1841).
TRUMPETIs the most popular of all the brass instruments, and one of the oldest.It can play very high notes. It can change its sound by inserting amute into the bell. Long ago kings and queens would announce theirarrival with trumpets playing a fanfare.
French HornThis instrument was once carried on horseback during fox hunts. It isthe most difficult brass instrument to play. The left hand plays thevalves and the right hand is inserted into the bell. Its tone blendsequally well with woodwind and brass instruments.