Did you know about the 5 categories of instruments?

Music is a form of art which is a gift to our ears. Music was and is created with the help of instruments. Audio production with the cooperation of instruments will without a doubt deliver you excellent results.

Now if you are a music lover, the first and foremost factor that you should be familiar with are the various categories of instruments that exist.

Since ancient times, humans have been drawn towards creating something, what we today call – Music.

Back in the days, human beings created sounds or music by clapping hands or by the vocals of their own voices, which today has branched out into either Acapella or beat-Boxing. And to our surprise, both of these are widely encouraged around the whole world.

Be it bamboo flutes, drums made from animal skin, the resonant solid bells or a baton which is a french word for stick, the evolution of instruments has moved in a marvelous direction and there’s just no turning back for it.

Every instrument falls under a specific category namely; Woodwind instruments, Percussion instruments, String instruments, Brass and keyboard instruments.

Woodwind Instruments

Woodwind instruments include flutes and reed instruments. A flute is an instrument which creates sounds with the flow of air through the openings in it. It is an instrument that was found in the earliest decades.

Unlike flutes, reed instruments create sounds by causing a reed. It’s made up of a wooden piece near the mouthpiece. A clarinet is an instrument which belongs to the reed family. We also have bagpipes and oboes which fall under the same category of instruments.


Percussion Instruments

Percussion instruments are those which are sounded by striking together or against. Since the inception of the “clapping the hand’s” trend, percussive sounds has been heard. Drums, tambourines, xylophones, cymbals, and triangle are all great examples of this variety of instruments. In almost every kind of music, percussion instruments play a vital role.

In recent music tracks, it is almost impossible to identify songs without any percussive beats in it. Percussion instruments may not only play rhythm but also melody and harmony. It is recognized as the main pillar of a musical ensemble.


String Instruments

String instruments require movement of strings to create vibrations which in turn leads to creating sound. This group includes the guitars, violins, banjos, and harps. The strings are made to vibrate in a variety of ways. Musicians play these instruments by plucking the strings with their fingers or a with the help of a small chip or by rubbing the strings with a bow.

A guitar is a common instrument, vastly used in audio recording studios to produce music records. And did you know that string instruments are further divided into three groups namely lutes, harp, and zithers? which you can dive into only if you are further looking to excel in that field.

Guitar string instrument

Brass Instruments

A brass instrument is simply played by blowing through the mouthpiece to change the pitch or note. The lips are where the sound is initiated. It may seem simple but its all about the coordination guys. With brass instruments, the mouthpiece just helps your lips with the buzzing. The never-ending list of brass instruments includes the hornet, trumpet, the French horn, and the tuba.


Keyboard Instruments

When a row of levers is pressed by the fingers, we call them keyboard instruments. The most common ones are the piano, the organ, and electronic keyboards. Keyboards are widely used in audio recording studios and also for concerts or competitions.


The growth in the construction of different instruments has led to a massive evolution in the Music industry. Lately, with the advances, instruments can now be connected to different systems as well to produce some exceptional tunes. The increasing demand for music is a straight result of people being exposed to new instruments.

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