Brass and Woodwind

A Brass instrument is a musical wind instrument made of brass or other metal. It is usually characterised by a long cylindrical or conical metal tube and it uses the vibration of the lips and the adjustment of the length of this metal tube in order to produce sound. This family of instruments can play louder than any other in the orchestra. Brass instruments are very long pipes that widen at their ends into a bell-like shape. Among brass instruments we can mention: cornet, trumpet, trombone, mellophone, and tuba.

Other types of wind instrument are the woodwind musical instruments categorised in flutes and reeds. The instruments in the woodwind family all used to be made of wood. Today, they are made of wood, plastic, metal or some combination. These instruments are all played by blowing air through the mouthpiece and opening or closing the holes with your fingers in order to change the pitch. In a woodwind instrument, the sound is produced either by the vibration of reeds in the mouthpiece or by the air passing across the mouthpiece. The smaller woodwinds play higher pitches while the larger and longer instruments play the lower notes. The modern orchestra includes woodwind instruments like flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons. There are brass instruments made of wood while some other woodwind instruments are made of brass.

The first woodwind instrument dates back to more than 43.000 years ago. It was a flute carved from the thighbone of a bear. The other class of woodwinds, the one that uses reeds, was developed around the same time as farming in 10.000 BC.

At Varsity music we provide a great range of new and used instruments available to buy online, we have different types of brass and woodwind instruments, such as: flutes, saxophones, trumpets etc. They are the best on the market and serviced by our trained musicians.

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