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...

The Contrabassoon – Woodwind Instruments

In Austria and Germany, records of the contrabassoon’s precursors exist as early as 1590. At this time, the increasing popularity of doubling the bass line resulted in the development of lower-pitched dulcians. Octavebass, quintfaggot, and quartfaggot are some...

Woodwind Instruments: Clarinet

We consider the modern clarinet as a relative newcomer to the woodwind instrument family. However, its roots trace as back as the early single-reed instruments or hornpipes used in ancient Greece, Egypt, and the Middle East. An instrument called Chalumeau direct...

Woodwind Instruments: Western Concert Flute

The western concert flute belongs to the family of transverse, or side-blown, woodwind instruments made of metal or wood. It’s the most common variant of the flute. Ensembles such as concert bands, military bands, marching bands, orchestras, and sometimes jazz...

Woodwind Instruments: Oboe

The oboe was the most popular Baroque woodwind instrument. In the early 17th century, it saw a rapid technological advance amongst the main instrument-making families in France. These families were the Philidor’s, the Chedevilles, and the Hotteterres. Many...

Plucked String Instruments: Electric Guitar (Part 2)

While the sound of the acoustic guitar depends on the vibration of its body and the air surrounding it, the sound of the electric guitar depends largely on the signal transmitted from the pickups. A variety of effect devices or circuits can further change and process...