Wind Musical Instruments

Wind musical instruments have a fascinating history and culture behind them. Since the beginning of time, civilizations in all walks of life have cultivated their love of music in the way of an instrumental expression. With countless varieties of musical instruments in existence in modern day times, three classifications are wind, string and percussion.

Many people might be surprised to learn that there are a multitude of wind musical instruments other than the flute and horn. Taking a closer look, upon examination we can see what typifies a wind instrument.

An accordion is a wind musical instrument that does not implement the player using his lips to produce sound, but rather by the air which is forced through the bellows as it is being squeezed together. Some people might not recognize an accordion as being in that particular classification. However, because it generates sound from air, it falls into that category.

In taking a close look at the bagpipes, you can see why these fall into the classification of aerophones. They are also known as reed instruments. A continuous stream of air is passed through the reeds, allowing for the distinctive sounds they produce.

The bugle is a wind music instrument that utilizes the player's mouth and how it is positioned. In turn, a surge of air will produce the music. Players must rely upon one major technique in learning to skillfully master this instrument. Although it might sound simple, it takes practice and skill to be proficient in the craft.

Another wind instrument would be the clarinet. The sound is resonated by blowing air into the edge of the instrument, but unlike the bugle the pitch would be varied as the player's fingers are placed over the holes. There are several types of clarinet, each representing a particular purpose and range. For instance, for a small child or a beginner, there are shorter styles such as the 'C'.

Many genres of music such as blues, folk, jazz, pop, rock and classical have imbued their distinctive sound with another popular wind instrument. The harmonica, which comes in chromatic, tremolo and diatonic, is unequivocally recognizable for its classic sound. With such a broad range, there is basically no style of music which cannot incorporate this instrument's unique musical sound.

From a technical standpoint, all wind music instruments are called aerophones. The sound which these instruments generate is made by air which is forced inside causing vibration by the person who is playing it. From woodwind to brass, musical wind instruments share one common factor: that is a column of air is used to produce its range of sound.