Top 10 Best Woodwind Instruments

The Top Ten
1 Clarinet

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.

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!

2 Western Concert 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

3 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 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!

4 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.

5 Bassoon

I've played the bassoon for two years now, and virtually no one plays it. It's so easy to get into audition groups, even though I'm just decent at it. It is tricky to learn, but I cannot play it enough!

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!

6 English Horn

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

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

7 Piccolo

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

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

Piccolos are just okay

8 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.

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

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.

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

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

10 Organ Pipe
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!

12 Recorder

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.

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.

13 Hornpipe

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

Hornpipe is the best instrument.

14 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.

15 Bansuri (Bamboo Flute)

The bamboo flute was the first wind instrument I had ever tried and it's very easy to play once you get the hand of it. I definitely recommend it if you want something no one else is playing.

I play bamboo flute and its awesome and cheap.

16 Subcontrabass Flute
17 Duduk

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.

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

18 Tin Whistle

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.

Sounds so cute

19 Fife
20 Shakulute
21 Quena

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

The sound is beautiful

22 Contrabassoon
23 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.
24 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.

25 Crumhorn
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