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.

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!

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2 Flute 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.

Flute is the best

Best instrument ever!

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

Superb instrument

3 Saxophone 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!

The sound is amazing and so fun to play

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!

Really cool

4 Oboe 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 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

In band, when I was asked to choose an instrument, I tried many, but oboe was the one that really helped me express emotion through music. As a beginner, oboists sound pretty bad, but after lots of time and practice, it's definitely worth it. Just listen to some oboe peices, the music is truly amazing.

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 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!

5 Bassoon

Sounds great AND almost guarantees a college scholarship

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.

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 Piccolo

Piccolos are just okay

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

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

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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.

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The Contenders

11 Ocarina

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 kind of have that theriminey sound! :D

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!

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! "

12 Bass Clarinet

It’s the lowest low reed with the low c extension

I play bass clarinet so I make it cool

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.

13 Recorder

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

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

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 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.

I am amazing at the tenor!

The tenor is boss a real rocker

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.

Wo, tenor sax! Woo, Clam!

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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 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 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..
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 ...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

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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!

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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.


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 Fife
34 Pan Pipes
35 Contrabass Clarinet

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

36 Crumhorn

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

37 Slide Saxophone

Like a trombone but a saxophone yesss

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

38 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.

39 Indian Bamboo Flute

I play bamboo flute and its awesome and cheap.

40 Tubax

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

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