page will show you the various transpositions and characteristics of each
instrument at a glance. You'll find sections on each family of
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woodwind section is one of the most beautiful sounding sections in the world
of music. These instruments provide a delicate sound which can be heard just
about anywhere there are woodwinds. In the woodwind section, there is a vast
variety of instruments in the family, but there are just so many, not all
of them can go in the chart. Do not be discouraged, though, if the instrument
you play is not in the chart. It just shows the most commonly used woodwind
instruments. Such examples of these instruments are like the contrabass clarinet.
Most of time, this large instrument is used in a band if it does not have
an adequate bass section. Another example would be the soprano saxophone,
because it is usually used in jazz and soloing for jazz or recordings. There's
even bass flute that is used sometimes, especially in flute choirs.
to the Brasswind section! This section is another one of the most beautiful
sounding sections there are. This is the section that gives a good sound
to an ensemble anywhere from a brass quintet to drum core. Granted, that
brass is not the best section in everything, but sometimes it provides the
backbone to an ensemble. In the Brasswind family, instruments vary from the
tuba to the piccolo trumpet. The chart below shows the most commonly used
instruments such as Bb trumpet and the tenor slide trombone. In brass, there
are some instruments that are only used for special occasions. For example,
fluegel horns and alto trombones are used mainly in jazz, soloing, or recordings.
Piccolo trumpets are used sometimes for soloing because of its bright sound,
like in the Beatles song "Penny Lane" in which a piccolo trumpet was used
in the song for the solo. Another example is the melophone which is used
in marching band and drum core.
percussion family includes many instruments, including everything from piano
and harp to quadratoms and timbales. Percussion instruments are used to give
a wide range of effects to the ordinary symphony to create an image the composer
wished to paint. There are several auxiliary percussion instruments used
to add smacks and buzzes throughout a piece of music. But then you have your
drums. You can make soldier come alive in the war of 1812 with a snare drum
or two, or go back to Africa with congas or bongos. Here's just a few.