Wind Instruments

Bagpipe

A wind instrument that is played by blowing air into a pipe leading to the windbag. Air squeezed from the bag into reed pipes. One pipe has finger holes that used to play the melody. The other pipes, called drones, are used to continuously sound one tome each.


*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Scotland.

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Concertina

An instrument with expanding bellows like an accordian, but with buttons, instead of keys, for playing the melody.
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Didgeridoo

A long bamboo or wooden tube, played like a trumpet by Australian aborigines.


*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Australia.


Harmonica

A wind instrument consisting of a set of metal reeds inside a wooden or plastic case, with a metal cover plate. The reeds vibrate to produce pitches when air is blown or drawn through the instrument. Forcing air into a hole by blowing creates one pitch, and drawing air through the same hole by sucking creates a different pitch.
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Native American Flute

A flute that is held in front of the player, has open finger holes, and has two chambers: one for collecting the breath of the player and a second chamber which creates sound.


*Usually considered a traditional instrument of North America.

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Nohkan

A high pitched, Japanese bamboo flute, commonly used in traditional Imperial Noh and Kabuki theatre


*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Japan.

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Recorder

A woodwind instrument consisting of a wooden tube, at the top of which is a whistle-like mouthpiece. The recoder has a softer tone than the flute, and it is held vertically, not horizontally.
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Shakuhachi

A Japanese and ancient Chinese end-blown flute, made of bamboo


*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Japan.

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Venu

One of the ancient transverse flutes of Indian classical music, typically made from bamboo


*Usually considered a traditional instrument of India.

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