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What Orchestral Instrument Will You Learn ? The Woodwind Section

Updated on January 5, 2017

Playing An Orchestral Instrument

Playing an instrument in an orchestra is very stimulating , whether it be as an amateur or professional. You get to play wonderful music in a large group of like minded people and maybe have performance opportunities depending on the orchestra you belong to. Of course, if you play in an orchestra professionally, you get paid to do what you enjoy.

The photo represents an orchestra I played flute in.

If you are thinking of learning an instrument to play in an orchestra then you need to check out the four sections of orchestral instruments to help you decide which orchestral instrument to learn.

These are:

1. Woodwind Section

2. String Section

3. Brass Section

4. Percussion

This lens covers the woodwind section.

The Woodwind Section

Woodwind instruments consist of a tube with a mouthpiece at one end and an opening at the other end. The tubing has holes, keys, pads and comes in several parts wjich are put together to form the instrument. Sounds are produced by blowing air down the tude such that the air vibrates and flows out the other end plus any uncovered holes. Different sounds are made by covering holes or pressing keys to cover holes, in varied finger patterns or configurations.

Woodwind instruments vary in their size, sound, mouthpiece, finger patterns and materials they are made from. There are usually two or three musicians for each woodwind instrument in a typical orchestra.

The four woodwind instruments are the Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon.

You Can Hear Them Here

A chamber group is a small group of musicians playing together.

This is a wind quartet consisting of, from left to right, flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe.

Flute

The flute is the highest member of the woodwind group.

Music is written with notes and rests on the treble staff using the treble clef.

Flute Sounds - ....... flute and piano

This is a light and breezy performance. Some groups play it slower and it is interesting to hear it played on a variety of instrumental groups providing varied tonal quality.

Do You Need A Flute?

If you are interested in learning the flute you need an instrument, care kit and some music to get started.

My first flute was a Yamaha flute and my second and current flute is a Selmer Signet which I have played for the past 30 years and still enjoying.

Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute
Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute

I enjoyed my Yamaha flute.

Yamaha produces a good

and this flute seems to be a great student flute today.

 

Clarinet

The clarinet is the second highest member of the woodwind group.

Music is written with notes and rests on the treble staff using the treble clef.

Clarinet Sounds

Do You Need A Clarinet?

If you are interested in the clarinet then you need an instrument, reeds and music to get started.

Oboe:

The oboe is the third highest member of the woodwind group.

Music is written with notes and rests on the treble staff using the treble clef.

Oboe Sounds

Do You Need An Oboe?

If you are interested in the oboe then you need an instrument, reeds and music to get you started.

Bassoon

The basson is the lowest member of the woodwind group.

Music is written with notes and rests on the bass staff using the bass clef.

Bassoon Sounds

Do You Need A Bassoon?

If you are interested in the bassoon then you will need and instrument, reed and music to get started.

What Instrument Will It Be?

After checking out information and the sound of these woodwind instruments, do any of them excite you?

If so. which orchestral woodwind instrument will you learn?

Will it be the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon?

Some Orchestral Instruments

Take a look at seven higher sounding instruments in the orchestra. It covers woodwind, string , brass and tuned percussion.

Will You Be Learning A Woodwind Instrument?

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Good lens on the various instruments. I play the flute and clarinet and I found this a very helpful guide. Angel blessed.