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Woodwind instruments were originally made of wood, and their sound is produced by blowing into them. Nowadays, theyu2019re usually made of polymers (plastic), or even metal.

There are two families: flutes and reed instruments.

Flutes (the piccolo is also in the flute family) are played by blowing across the mouthpiece.

Reeds have a very thin strip of a giant cane tree called u201cArundo donaxu201d attached to the mouthpiece. The reed vibrates when the player blows into it.

Some woodwinds, like the clarinet, have a single reed. Others, like the oboe and the English horn, have a double reed.

Clarinet mouthpiece with a single reed

Oboe mouthpiece with a double reed






English Horn