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For questions about woodwind instruments in general. For questions about specific instruments use the relevant tags: flute, clarinet, recorder etc.

Woodwind instruments are a category of wind instrument. There are two main types: flutes and reed instruments (further divided in single and double reeds). For flutes the sound is produced by blowing air across a sharp edge. Reed instruments sound by blowing air across a reed.

Common types of woodwind instruments

  • Flutes: western concert flute, recorder, bansuri (India), dizi (China), shakuhachi (Japan), ney, pan flute (Europe, South America)
  • Single reeds: clarinet, saxophone
  • Double reeds: oboe, bassoon
  • Bagpipes

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