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Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

There are many types of instruments that you’ll see in the stage when an orchestra starts to perform. Each of them plays a role in the music produced by the orchestra and without one of them, the music won’t be complete.

Today we’ll talk about each type and how they contribute to the music made by the orchestra.

Brass Instruments

brass - Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

First up is the brass family. This consists of instruments that have very long pipes with ball-shaped ends. The pipes are usually curved and shaped differently in a way that makes them easy to hold and play.

The sounds produced by these instruments are like buzzes, which is mainly generated through vibrations by blowing air into the mouthpiece. These instruments usually focus on the bass of orchestra plays.

String Instruments

String Instruments - Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

String instruments are commonly identified as viola, violin, cello, and double bass. The quality of the sound of these instruments varies according to the shape and thickness of the components.

Music is produced by plucking, strumming, striking, or in orchestras, drawing a bow across the strings and generating a vibration.

Percussion Instruments

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Percussion instruments handle the rhythm of the orchestra performance.  The rhythm varies according to the instrument. Some may have specific notes and pitches, but there are some with no definite pitch.

This becomes the case when pieces of metal or wood are simply hit together. While percussion instruments commonly refer to gongs, triangle, drums, piano, different cultures may include less-known instruments.

Woodwinds

Woodwinds - Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

Woodwinds are, as the name implies, instruments that are made of wood. However, today’s woodwinds are no longer exclusively wood, and it may be made of metal, plastic, or combinations of materials as well.

These instruments resemble brass instruments in the way that it is played – air is blown through the mouthpiece. Although this time, there are holes that are pressed to change the sound when it leaves the instrument.

Each of these four types of instruments has its own purposes. Normal orchestras won’t be complete without one of them. Brass instruments can’t be played without string instruments, the same way string instruments can’t be played without woodwinds.

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