10 Best Woodwind Instruments

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1Clarinet

I play clarinet. It is so fun and easy to play. Some fingerlings are difficult, but it really pays off! It is nor too low sounding, nor too high-pitched! It is perfect! LONG LIVE THE CLARINETS!

I've been playing the clarinet for almost 2 years now and I have loved it from the beginning. The great thing is that it uses the same noting as the piano, so it works with that too. It's pretty easy once you get going, even the high notes can be challenging, it pays off if you really practice them. GO THE CLARINETS! CLARINETS 4 LIFE!

The clarinet is the best instrument ever. It is right in the middle of the flute and saxophone yet is small and lightweight. It has the largest range of notes music styles and dynamics of any woodwind instrument. It is also the most important instrument to any concert band's sound. The clarinet has the largest range of different members of its family. The clarinet can be used in marching bands, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, big bands, Latin jazz, rock n roll, pop, commercial music, country, samba, or salsa music. The clarinet is one of the most expressive and flexible instruments ever created, having a tone and range closest to the human voice. It can sound expressive as a solo instrument or as a section. CLARINETS ARE AMAZING.

Best... Instrument... EVER!

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2Flute

I was torn between flute and oboe, but I just gotta give it to the flutes. The sound they make is so heavenly and peaceful, and they are just so much fun to play once you master them. Some good flute playing will have you doze off into a dreamy meadow land, where flowers are blooming and butterflies are fluttering about. At least that's what happens to me when I listen to the beauty of the flute. I'm excited for the day where I can master the flute and play it that well.

The flute is awesome. It's challenging, but to pay off, everything's gotta be challenging, right. For some people it's easy, and makes a very elegant, beautiful sound. Has a nice deep sound and there's so much pretty music written for the flute.

I play the flute, and it was so easy to pick up. Once you learn how to make a sound, and learn high notes, it becomes not only challenging, but incredibly fun! I suggest the flue to anyone with patience and a strong love for music.

The flute is obviously the best because it has the nicest sound. It is gentle but also it sound so pretty. If they were handing out awards it would go to the flute because it has a very nice sound to it and is the absolute BEST!

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3Saxophone

I play the saxophone and it is honestly a very good instrument. Unlike the flute, it has enough power to play unaccompanied. Flutes get drowned under other instruments but I must say, do sound quite nice when playing solo. The sax can play a variety of genres and when you hear a sax play among other instruments, it is the first thing you hear! It is beautiful and even a person who knows nothing about music or instruments can recognise it. I feel confident and dominant when playing the instrument. The clarinet has my second vote but the saxophone is definitely first!

I play the Saxophone right now, and compared to every instrument, I could have I wouldn't change from the saxophone. You can play jazz, your loud, strong and independent. I have tried Clarinets, flutes, and Trumpet, none can compare to the sax. It's just the instrument to me that has that special vibe. Besides the sax, in woodwinds, most definitely the clarinets. But as a Sax player I feel it's one of the best instruments. Not just because it's the one I play, because it's truly, a beautiful instrument!

I've been playing the saxophone for six years, and it has always been my favorite woodwind to play. I play both clarinet and bass clarinet in various ensembles, along with flute as a soloing instrument. The saxophone has always done the best job of giving me my own sound and lyrically versatile voice. It effortlessly hops from genre to genre with different mouthpiece setups, and it's simply my favorite woodwind.

Easiest to learn, hardest to master

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4Oboe

I play the oboe (used to play clarinet) and the oboe is so much better! It takes some time to get the hang of, but after a while it becomes really fun and easy to play! It is also a double reed instruments, making it unique to play and unique in its sound. Also, oboists are in high demand because bands and orchestras want them but so few people play the oboe so it can be a great way to get a scholarship. GO OBOES! OBOES 4 LIFE!

I play the oboe. To me it's so easy I think once you get used to it, it gets really easy to play. I think oboe is the best because its double reeded, there are not a lot of them (if you play professional more money), people are looking for oboes, and it pretty much the same fingerings as tenor sax.

I can play oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and flute. Not only is oboe the most fun to play, it's the most challenging. The timbre is subjectively better than the other woodwind instruments, again that's my opinion. Also, oboe is a standard solo instrument with notable repertoire in all genres of music. Oboe forever!

I love the oboe's majestic sound it also is very mellow and whenever I hear it, it brings joy to my heart

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5Bassoon

Its as really good instrument too learn once you get going. I sarted off with the bassoon and now I can try things like clarinet, saxophone and oboe. When played right the bassoon can produce as lovely sound. But be warned, the bassoon is definitely NOT for all. Bassoonists are also very in demand as they are rare so you have more chance of getting into an orchestra if you play the bassoon.

I just learned to play this instrument but I already love it.

Its an amazing instrument a double reed also, it sounds like a clarinet/trumpet they come in two forms bassoon, and
Contra bassoon the contra bassoon makes a lower eerie sound almost and the original makes a fluent trumpeting clarinet. Its good to start the bassoon when you might want to start with the oboe or clarinet to make simalar keys
Yet different I started with the trumpet so I'm not the best but I'm good, anyway good luck on the bassoon!

Just picked up the instrument and I love playing it. It has a beautiful and unique sound.

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6English Horn

I play the oboe now but someday I would love to learn to play this similar yet unique and wonderful instrument!

English horn isn't a woodwind instrument

The English horn (cor anglais) is like the oboe but lower sounding. its just alright

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7Piccolo

The piccolo is the best instrument ever! And it's the loudest too! :D

My grandmother plays every day and has one medals for her playing.

I love the Piccolo not only it has a cute name it has a cute sound

I love playing Piccolo!

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10Bagpipes

Bagpipes are TOTALLY AWESOME!
Bo-ya everything else.
The bagpipes are historic, they have remained throughout the ages because they are perfect to get you in a great mood. Any one who claims they are tuneless is an obscurity, they are the reason our blood flows as it does.

Bagpipes are great. Us scottish people love them! Nothing else even come close

If you play the bagpipes, you are automatically the coolest guy in the world.

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The Contenders

11Ocarina

Ocarinas are the best instruments. They are ancient and wonderful. The sound is simple and pure but if you prefer a more textured, earthy sound italian ocs are beautiful. Doubles and triples provide more range. I like transverse style ocarinas over inline or pendants but that is a personal preference. Ocarinas can be made of plastic, clay(most common), wood and metal. Ocarinas for the win!

Playing it poses a fun sort of challenge, and unlike most instruments, the designs are types vary, there pendants, transverse, dragon tooth, double, triple, or double harmony just so much, there - if you have a musical bone in you, like me :) - are self teachable, I started about 3 days ago and I haven't put it down!

Link used it in Zelda so it is cool.

I like ocarinas very much!

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12Recorder

Often seen as a children's instrument and not a real thing to play, recorder really is underrated. It looks easy to learn, but you have to master blowing into it. If you don't blow hard enough, the sound will be off. If you blow too hard, it will be terrible. Fingers have to be in a right position too. It looks easy, but it really isn't child's play at start. I've been playing recorder for 5 years though, so it feels natural in my hands.

I love the recorder! I was required to play it in music class for recorder karate and I loved it.

I have played the recorder for years, I love it, it has soul in its sound.

The recorder's wood sound is the most beautiful thing in the world

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13Hornpipe

Hornpipe is the best instrument.

14Bass Clarinet

The bass clarinet can make a deep sound and is used for the bass part for most songs but it delivers a every nice and sexy sound if know how to play right!

Cool istrument, everything is exactly the same as the clarinet but the soudn and size. The sound is lower, and the size is bigger.

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15Alto Saxophone

The way the saxophone sounds and looks its just really unic and original. The saxophe is what I consider a creative instrument and its usually thought to be brass instrument but it is actually a woodwind and I personaly think that it is really cool and me as a saxophone player relly adore my instrument

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17Tenor SaxophoneThe tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s.

Not a lot of people like or playt his instrument but I played and it is way cool. It seems like the alto saxophone and the clarinet.

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18Pan Flute

It has a hollow, airy sound that gives a feel of the past and makes it sound louder and it can project its sound further.

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