MusicWhat Instrument Family?
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Help decide the appropriate instrument family for any instrument.

               
Do you play the instrument by hitting, shaking, or scraping it?
YES
This instrument is in the PERCUSSION FAMILY!
 
 
 

NO








Does the instrument have at least one string?
YES
This instrument must be in the STRING FAMILY.
 
 
 

NO








Does the instrument have a mouthpiece where you need to blow wind to make a sound?
NO
Go back to the top and try again.
 
 
 

YES








Is the mouthpiece in the shape of a cone?
YES
This instrument is in the BRASS FAMILY!
 
 
 

NO








It is in the WOODWIND FAMILY! This instrument must have a reed or hole to blow across and lots of buttons/holes to cover or push.