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The Most Popular Instruments Used In Jazz Music

There is a variety of instruments used in jazz music but there are several instruments that remain the most popular choice for jazz musicians and composers. Many people like to choose their instrument based on the type of music they like to play. If you like jazz and is looking to pick up an instrument continue reading to discover which instruments are best suited or most popular in the world of jazz.

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What Is A Music Ensemble? Endless Possibilities Explored

What is a music ensemble
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What is a music ensemble is a question that many people new to music may ask at one time or another. When I left high school and entered university as a young music student I was unaware of the variety of musical groups that could be created. I knew of the common groups of instruments and the sound that they created but never realized that there was such a variety of possibilities. I was quickly introduced to the endless possibilities and opportunities that were available to me as an instrumentalist. I became aware that I could play my instrument in ensembles that had a variety of sizes and genres. I was no longer confined to the concert band that I knew as a young high school musician. 

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What Are The Different Types Of Saxophones in the Saxophone Family?

Have you ever asked:

What are the different types of saxophones?

If you have well this post is definitely for you! If you haven’t you are about to find out anyways.

The saxophone, a member of the woodwind family, is a newer invention that has become a very popular instrument in a variety of genres. You will most likely enjoy the sounds of the saxophone in jazz music, concert bands, marching bands, and even popular music.

In todays post we will take a look at the different types of saxophones that make up the saxophone family, discussing how each one is different. But first we will take a quick look at how the saxophone came into existence and why it is classified as a woodwind instrument.

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Percussion Instruments of the Orchestra – An Introduction

Todays post will explore the various percussion instruments of the orchestra. As mentioned in other posts, the percussion family is the largest instrument family consisting of hundreds of instruments. For this reason I have decided to look at the percussion instruments used in particular ensembles. The instruments presented here today are by no means a complete list. They are the most common instruments used in orchestras.  I will revisit the percussion family many times in future posts to explore the many other instruments that are not featured here today.

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Introducing The Instruments Of The Brass Family

The instruments of the brass family have a lot in common, but each one is also unique in one way or another. Todays post will introduce each instrument and give a brief description of how they are made. Prior to discussing each instrument I would like to give a little introduction to the brass family, focusing on the characteristics that brings them together. If you are unfamiliar with the brass family this is the post for you. The instruments of the brass family includes:

  • The Trumpet/Cornet
  • The Horn
  • The Trombone
  • The Baritone/Euphonium
  • The Tuba

Instruments of the brass family

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