Bass Drum – Orchestral Percussions

The bass drum plays an important role in a variety of western music genres. It often establishes the foundation pulse of large and small ensembles because of its timbre. These ensembles include military music, where it plays along with the cymbal, in pop, rock, and...

The Tuba and Bass Tuba – Brass Instruments

The tuba is the lowest-pitched instrument of the brass family. Its name derives from the Latin word ‘tube’. Greek and Romans also used it to name an ancient bronze instrument. The bass tuba, the historic predecessor to the contemporary tuba, emerged on...

The Snare Drum – Orchestral Percussions

The side drum, or snare drum, is the smallest of the cylindrical drums and is used in nearly every form of western music – from military music, where its origins lie, to jazz and rock and roll. At the same time, this instrument is a central part of the...

The Horn Instrument – Brass Instruments

The extremely rich albeit soft timbre that the horn produces gives it a special quality half-way between brass and woodwinds. It also blends well with the timbres of many other instruments. People used to blow on the actual horns of animals before attempting to...

The Timpani – Orchestral Percussions

The timpani, also known as kettledrum, is an established member of the symphony orchestra and probably one of the percussion instruments with the longest tradition. In the 13th century, the Crusaders and Saracens brought the first timpani to southern and western...

Concert Flute – Woodwind Instruments

The concert flute is a variation in design to the plain flute, which holds the title as one of the most ancient musical instruments and likely the first wind instrument that ever existed. An especially long tradition of flute playing exists in the Middle East. Among...