Music 1 - Music 2
Music instruments come in various forms. The different categories are percussion,
string, brass, and woodwind instruments. Depending on the person that will be using
the instrument, there are also differences in quality. A child just starting to play
the trumpet in 5th grade, for instance, would not want to get the same trumpet as a
professional jazz musician. There are specific brands and types of instruments that
are good for beginners, intermediate, and professional musicians.
It is fairly easy to differentiate between the categories of instruments. In the
percussion category, there are more instruments than your standard snare or bass drum.
The piano, bells, xylophone, and timbale are also considered percussion instruments, among
others. Anything that you strike to create sound is part of the percussion category.
Stringed instruments include guitars, violins, violas, cellos, and string basses.
These particular instruments require your fingers to touch the strings to alter the pitches
that are created when the strings are strummed or bowed across. Brass instruments, on
the other hand, will only create sound if you purse your lips and blow into a mouthpiece.
The most common brass instruments are the trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and French
horn. Woodwind instruments differ from brass ones in that they must have a small piece of
wood, known as a reed, to be played. The player's mouth covers the reed, and the
vibrations from it produce different pitches, based on what keys are depressed at the
time. Saxophones, clarinets, oboes, and the English horn are all woodwind instruments.
There are many places to find good musical instruments. There may be a basic music store
in your community, a specialty shop that works with only one type of instrument, or
ordering directly from a company is also an option. Online auctions frequently have
instruments for sale, but it is important to take into consideration that you will not be
able to physically hold or try the instrument before buying it. No matter where the
instrument is purchased, you must do a little bit of research into the manufacturer to
determine if it is the level of quality that you need.
© Cathryne L. Parish 2005
Offering you a large variety of musical gear
and instruments from keyboards
and midi to drums that you will be satisfied with. Whether you're
in a band
with a bass and a guitar
or you're a dj
with mixers and turntables, you'll find plenty of musical
equipment to suit
your music needs.
- The Shame of Rock and Roll - features limited edition concert prints.
- Albany Wedding DJ - Mitch Frasier is a party/wedding dj serving Albany and Saratoga NY. His site features exclusive music of his live performance.
- Voodoo Catbox - sells concert posters with original designs.
- Wings of Light - silkscreened concert posters, limited edition serigraph prints, T-shirt designs, and more by Matt Getz.
- Angry, Young and Poor - punk store and catalog carrying CDs, clothing, hats, makeup, patches, pins, shoes, stickers, shirts, and more.
- Antique Edison - buying and selling vintage records, radios, sheetmusic, bought and sold.
- Bandrags - provides official band merchandise for several acts including Creed, 3 Doors Down, Reel Big Fish, and more.