10 Best Woodwind Instruments

The Top Ten

1 Clarinet

Clarinet is the best instrument ever, it is simply gorgeous and amazing! It is beautiful-looking, so lightweight and therefore so easy to carry with you virtually everywhere. And the sound is just super lovely, so mysterious and even a bit medieval, but at the same time totally beautiful and soothing! I am always so happy when I can sit down, listen and enjoy the tone of this charming instrument! And no to forget, "claries" can play all sort of music since it is also so versatile instrument! Of course they are at their best in classic music but when they play jazz, pop, country, rock and roll, whatever, it sounds fantastic too! I totally love clarinet and to be honest, I´m so jealous for all of you who can play it, so enjoy it as much as you can! I really wonder is there any piece of music that would not sound good when played by the clarinet and I think there is not. Long live for clarinets (and clarinetists of course), you are the number one instrument!

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.

The clarinet is the greatest of the woodwinds. It's easy to learn and is the closest instrument to the human voice's pitch. The Flutes are almost always out of pitch, a Saxophone ends up being a one trick pony, the oboe is often too quiet, bassoon reads constantly fail, I don't know if a piccolo has ever been in tune, the English horn is a shadow of the oboe, the bagpipes end up being slightly sharp, and the organ can't move. The Clarinet? it's portable, hits a good range, doesn't always change it's pitch but it can, can be both loud and soft, all while maintaining it's almost human tonal structure.

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!

2 Flute The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

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.

I think the best part about the flute is that it's one of the hardest instruments to play and once you master it, you will be very proud. The flute also produces beautiful, soft sounds and the flute melody in music pieces is just so wonderful. I've been playing the flute for four years now, and I almost switched to oboe but decided to keep playing the flute. Of course, it's my opinion to think that the flute is the best instrument, but I think it is

Every musical instrument is great and unique. But when it comes to voting, my vote goes with the flute. I have been playing flute since last 2 years now and from day one I fell in love with this beautiful instrument. It comes in various different scales so you can play bass or treble whichever you prefer
PS : when I say flute, I mean the bamboo flute

I have a 11 year old girl that really does have a hard decision, she doesn't know what to pick. She has the Flute and the Clarinet. It is very challenging, but I think the flute would be good for her. She makes good grades and loves elegant and graceful instruments. So thanks for telling me about the flute!

3 Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

Ever since I laid eyes on a picture of the saxophone, I've always wanted to play it. Something about the name, the design, and genres that it's used for just really grabbed my attention. I decided to play it in my 6th grade band for the year, and I fell in love with it. It is a bit difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to hear what beautiful sounds it can make and how many melodies it has in songs because of that. Whenever I play it, I feel confident because I know I'm playing a really unique and beautiful instrument! Clarinet would have my second vote, but sax is definitely my first choice!

I play the sax, and I thought it was the best to play loud in an ensemble, but then I learned to blend. Trumpets are now band enemy #1... I also play clarinet, but you gotta love the sax. It has the best of both worlds, as it has the mellow tone of a brass, and the versatility of a woodwind. Unlike the clarinet, it overblows on an octave, instead of the latter's twelfth, thus making the keywork less complicated. With hard work and dedication, the sax can be a great asset to your band, or maybe going solo. Also, it squeaks less then a clarinet on average (if they don't suck) and has a lot of vocal power compared to the flute and clarinet.

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!

4 Oboe Oboes belong to the classification of double reed woodwind instruments. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.

I've been playing the oboe for just over 3 years and it's amazing. It's really hard to get the hang of, but once you get used to it, things get better. If you want to have very little competition or none when trying to get into an orchestra- pick this. If you want the spotlight- pick the oboe. I'm the only oboist in my orchestra and it's awesome as I'm the only one there and I get tons of solos, which I absolutely love! You get to really love your oboe. The sound is so sweet, it send tingles throughout your body. The oboe is the only instrument I find that I can express my soul in. It's really beautiful.

I started on the clarinet but then I wasn't getting a challenge out of it + a lot of people in my band played it so I switched to the oboe I LOVE IT! It is kind of hard because I'm the only oboe player in my school right now but it is so fun

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!

Oboes are the BEST instrument. It's like a flute and clarinet had a child together... a BEAUTIFUL child!
The orchestra tunes the oboe as well, so oboe players be popping off cONSTANTLY!

5 Bassoon

I've played the bassoon for almost 4 years now and have developed a huge talent and passion for it. Bassoon truly is a fascinating instrument, one of the most beautiful and calming instruments with a rich, deep tone. That being said, bassoon is also a very challenging instrument to master, and takes years to develop that rich tone. Bassoon is also a very rare and expensive instrument which is why its keys, wood, and sound makes it special.

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!

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.

The Bassoon has a lovely sound which I find far superior to the insturments above the Bassoon. Whether your judging a 6th grade fresh on the instrument or not of course. Go on YouTube and watch a few Master Class videos and see for yourself just how marvelous he bassoons are.

6 English Horn

I like the sound of this instrument. I particularly don't like High woodwind instruments, nor really low sounding instruments. I would love to Learn the cor anglais someday

I play bassoon and love it, but gotta say English Horn is the most beautiful instrument ever. English horn solos are amazing!

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

7 Piccolo

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

The piccolo is an outstanding instrument.The piccolo solo in John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever is beautiful.

Piccolos are the cutest and they have amazing sound

8 Organ Pipe

It's amazing I love the organs lol non pun intended

Thery fun to play

9 Xaphoon

Yeah they are great!

I realike the sound of this and it is fun to play it.I started about a year ago and I can play it reay well.

10 Bagpipes Bagpipes are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.

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.

Bagpipes kick ass, especially the cornemuse Bourbonnais, the polyphonic bohassa and the large zampogna.

The Contenders

11 Ocarina

Ocarinas are easy to learn and play, even by yourself. I taught myself 6 and 12 hole transverse style ocarinas, and now I am looking at a triple chamber. There's something for everyone, from four hole pendants to immensely complicated quadruple-chambered ocarinas and everything in between. A very personalized and unique instrument that screams, "I am different! "

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!

The Ocarina is a beautiful sounding instrument. It sounds like a wholesome blowing pattern that just sings in your ears. It is great when accompanied by other wind instruments but certainly is the most dominant.

12 Bass Clarinet

The bass clarinet, unlike the Bb clarinet, has a very dark and rich and whole tone quality. This makes it highly versatile as it is able to play a variety of music from upbeat and light passages to very dark and ominous passages to very sad passages. There is no limit to what the bass clarinet can do.

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!

Super amazing instrument that totally pulls the band together. I've played it for three years and LOVE it. Best instrument ever!

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

13 Recorder

Recorder is my very first instrument and I have been playing for almost a year now. I am having an amazing experience until now. It is easy to learn and it made me pleased by its sound. This instrument is very flexible and by doing the proper finger positions and proper blowing, then it will sound great! This instrument should also loved and appreciated.

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.

The easiest to start, and hard to play really really well. When played well, it has an amazing sound. The most underrated instrument that can do it all. Don't judge the instrument by the 6 year olds playing on a $5 plastic recorder... Do yourself a favour and listen to a professional player.

When I went to Spode this year, (Spode is a music course-type holiday I go to,but not really a course) I played the recorder in the junior orchestra and this fourteen year old with a posh voice named tadgh made fun of me for it. I now think he is evil and will not forget next yea to bring my recorder to play the Barney I love you song very badly to him!

14 Hornpipe

A truly underrated traditional Irish instrument, sadly it doesn't see much play these days.

Hornpipe is the best instrument.

15 Tenor Saxophone The 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.

The tenor is boss a real rocker

I am amazing at the tenor!

Wo, tenor sax! Woo, Clam!

16 Alto 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

I play Alto sax and I love it the sound is so soft and smooth

Woo, alto sax!

17 Piccolo Clarinet

Sounds interesting

18 Harmonica

This is a great instrument

Yea harmonica

19 Pan 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.

20 Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.

When I was young I did not really like the sound of it but one day my mom had a terrible illness and because she liked the sound of the accordion and decided to lear how to play it.

After a while I became really good at it and started liking the sound...

I always played in front of my mother and she seemed so happy and promised me that she get better and will always hear my performances..

But after a while the illness got worse and she died...
And every now and then I would play the accordion and always remember about my mom and how happy she was when I played it..
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So when I her sometimes visit her grave I always bring the accordion with me and play it...

So guys what I want to tell is the accordion made my mom happy,changed my life,and encouraged me to move on...That's why I want this to be at least at the top ten and if you guys also like this one pleassse vote even if it just reaches top 5..and if you hear the sound of this one it will really ...more

21 Saxonette
22 Baritone Saxophone

So epic it makes the soft-toned Soprano, the almighty Alto, ands the tremendous Tenor want to huddle together and cry their keys out.

I play this Instrument and honestly, it is so much fun. so much better than Trumpet, Bassoon, Trombone, and especially the bass clarinet. :D

The Unknown Potato

23 Melodica

I really really like the sound of this one...

I started playing it when I was 8 because I heard someone play it and it really touched me.

At that time my family was on top of a divorce and thanks to Melodica I got over the divorce and got along with my step dad.:)

So in short this instrument changed my life.

It's the best listen to some Jon Batiste on Spotify.

24 Soprano Saxophone

Love you! so much better than clarinets because you can actually HEAR these bad to the bone instruments!

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