10 Best Woodwind Instruments

The Top Ten 10 Best Woodwind Instruments

1 Clarinet

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.

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!

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!

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.

Just the best instrument, I play flute, recorder, finger piano and piano, it sounds so refreshing

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

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.

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.

I play saxophone and love it! The sound is so unique and beautiful!

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!

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 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.

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!

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 have played oboe for several years and I absolutely love it. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than feeling the vibration of the reed and hearing a beautiful sound. I can truly express emotion through oboe, as well. You can play with a wide variety of styles very expressively and beautifully. 10/10

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.

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 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.

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

6 English Horn

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

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

English horn isn't a woodwind instrument

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

7 Piccolo

Piccolos are just okay

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

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

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

8 Organ Pipe

Thery fun to play

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

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 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!

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.

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! "

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!

12 Bass 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!

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.

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

Has the widest dynamics in all woodwinds. All about that bass

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.

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.

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

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.

I am amazing at the tenor!

The tenor is boss a real rocker

Wo, tenor sax! Woo, Clam!

16 Alto Saxophone

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

Woo, alto sax!

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

17 Piccolo Clarinet

Sounds interesting

18 Harmonica

This is a great instrument

Yea harmonica

I like them

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

Boss

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.

Bass

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

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

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.

24 Soprano Saxophone

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

25 Shakulute
26 Duduk

The Duduk should be listed as the number one in your list.

There are many wonderful woodwind instruments, but you are definitely forgetting to mention a very beautiful one - Armenian DUDUK! Its soothing sound just plays with your soul.

Enjoy!

For more just search for "duduk" or "djivan gasparyan" (the greatest duduk musician) on YouTube.

27 Tin Whistle

Every Irish ten year old knows how to play this

A great instrument, and even an easy starter, with a beautiful sound. Go with the Clarke tinwhistle with the wood block, rather than the 'meg' with the plastic fipple.

28 Subcontrabass Flute
29 Alto Clarinet

Such beautiful sound

30 Bansuri (Bamboo Flute)
31 Quena

The sound is beautiful

The quena (ken-ah) is an Andean, seven-hole, end-blown flute, also called an open whistle. It has an incrdibly beautiful sound. The first octave is the easiest to play by far, and the higher octaves take a lot of practice. It has an amazingly rich sound, and great amplitude. As far as the difficulty goes (at least for the first octave), it's a great middle-ground between a whistle and a flute/fife. For the higher octaves, it's a bit tricky, but you can work your way up, and the smaller the inner diameter of the bore, the easier they are to play (18mm is a large inner diameter). I also play the quenacho, which is a large version of the quena (low D) whereas quenas are typically G (aka Sol). I also play whistles, fifes, flutes, ocarinas, recorders, and pan flutes. All of them are great, but the quena is the least known, and I think it has the most amazing sound. Whatever you start with, the smaller/higher wind instruments are typically the easiest, requiring the least amount of air, and ...more

32 Bass Oboe
33 Bass Flute

The sound of this is so nice and mysterious. It's just like your everyday flute, but lower. A good bass flute solo will give you chills. I really wish I owned this instrument.

34 Fife
35 Pan Pipes
36 Contrabass Clarinet

The best instrument for anyone who is good with low notes on a clarinet. #ContraBossClarinet

37 Crumhorn

This is amazing. It is a part of the woodwind famliy.

38 Slide Saxophone

Someone just had to do it. Take a saxophone, take a trombone... BOOM BABY MADE!

Like a trombone but a saxophone yesss

39 Contra Bassoon

I don't know

40 Indian Bamboo Flute

I play bamboo flute and its awesome and cheap.

41 Tubax

It is big low sounding sax and it has a good tone

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