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Types of musical instruments

alto

noun

a musical instrument in the same range as an alto singing voice

brass

noun

musical instruments made of brass such as trumpets and trombones

the brass

noun

all the brass instruments in an orchestra

consort

noun

the instruments played by these musicians

instrument

noun

a musical instrument, for example a piano or a guitar

musical instrument

noun

an object such as a piano, guitar, or drum that you use for playing music. Musical instruments are often simply called instruments.

percussion

noun

musical instruments such as drums, cymbals, or rattles that you play by hitting or shaking them. Someone who plays a percussion instrument is called a percussionist.

rhythm section

noun

the instruments or musicians in a band that provide the rhythm, for example the drums and bass guitar

strings

noun

the stringed instruments in an orchestra, or the people who play them

stringed instrument

noun

one of a group of musical instruments that have strings, for example the guitar and the violin

tenor

noun

a musical instrument that plays a middle range of musical notes

wind instrument

noun

a musical instrument that you play by blowing through it. Clarinets, saxophones, and flutes are wind instruments.

woodwind

noun

musical instruments mainly made of wood that you play by blowing into them. Woodwind instruments include the flute, clarinet, and bassoon.

woodwind

noun

belonging to this type of instrument, or using a musical instrument of this type

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