Barnsley Music Education Hub

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Hanson Street

Barnsley

S70 2HZ

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Woodwind

Bassoon

Saxophone

Oboe

Flute

Clarinet

These instruments are played by blowing into or across a mouthpiece in order to produce sound. Instruments such as a saxophone or clarinet contain a reed in the mouthpiece. The reed is a thin strip attached to the mouthpiece that is usually made from wood. The reed vibrates as you blow through it, which helps generate the sound. A flute is part of the woodwind family, but doesn't use a reed. Instead, a player blows across the mouthpiece to create the sound. This process is exactly the same as blowing across the top of a glass bottle to make a musical note.

Get inspired

Search for these artists to find out how woodwind instruments sound.

Kenny G

James Galway

Charlie Parker

Emma Johnson

John Coltrane

Possibly the best saxophone video you can watch!

Who to contact

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Sheffield Music Academy logo
Sheffield Music Academy

Super Mario Bros on the Flute!

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