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: 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...

Bowed String Instruments: Double Bass

The violin family’s largest bowed string instrument is the double bass. It includes four (or less commonly five) strings tuned in 4ths. It sounds an octave lower than its smaller orchestral partner, the cello. The double bass is best known for its contribution...

Keyboard Instruments

  What is a Keyboard Instrument?   A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument that a musician plays using a keyboard. The most common keyboard instruments are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos....