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Woodwind

Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they play and discuss their chosen instrument from the Woodwind family.

Bassoon

The bassoon is the largest member of the woodwind family.  Bassoons are most commonly found playing in orchestras but can play in chamber ensembles as well.  The sound is produced by blowing through the reed and covering the keys to change the pitch.  Music is generally written in the bass clef. 

Below is further information on the bassoon. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked. 

Bassoon facts for kids  

British Double Reed Society

The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments.  It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments, and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.  The society promotes and enhances the interests of all double reed players, whether students, amateurs, professionals or teachers. 

History of the bassoon
History of the bassoon 

Learn to play the bassoon virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument. 

10 Little-Known Bassoon facts

Musicians that inspire us: 

Roberto Giaccaglia plays Sonata in E minor
Stefano Canuti
Ole Kristian Dahl 

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

Soprano Saxophone

The soprano saxophone is the smallest of the standard saxophones and is a member of the woodwind family.  It is occasionally played in symphony orchestras, wind bands and pit orchestras.  You make a sound by blowing through it and opening or closing the keys to change the pitch.

Below is further information on the Soprano saxophone.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Soprano saxophone facts for kids  

Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain
The society run soloist and chamber competitions, play days, repair workshops, and conferences.  Their aim is the promotion of the clarinet and saxophone across Great Britain and the fostering of a sense of community among all those who play these instruments. 

History of the soprano saxophone
History of the Soprano Saxophone 2

Learn to play the soprano saxophone virtually 
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

Five Fun Facts About the Sax

Musicians that inspire us:

John Coultrane – My Favourite Things
Barry Cockroft – Kuku
Guide to the Soprano Saxophone

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

 

Tenor Saxophone

The tenor saxophone is the second largest saxophone and is a member of the woodwind family.  It is played in orchestras, marching bands and big bands.  You make a sound by blowing through it and opening or closing the keys to change the pitch.

Below is further information on the Tenor saxophone.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Tenor saxophone facts for kids

Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain
The society run soloist and chamber competitions, play days, repair workshops, and conferences.  Their aim is the promotion of the clarinet and saxophone across Great Britain and the fostering of a sense of community among all those who play these instruments.

History of the tenor saxophone
History of the tenor saxophone 2

Learn to play the tenor saxophone virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

6 Surprising Facts About the Sax for World Saxophone Day

Musicians that inspire us:

Hank Mobley – Soul Station / High Voltage
Stan Getz
John Harle
Tony Davis
Andy Scott
Watch 1924 Buescher Factory – Saxophone Production

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

Oboe

The oboe is a member of the woodwind family.  Oboes are most commonly found playing in orchestras but can play in marching bands and in chamber ensembles as well.  The sound is produced by blowing through the reed and covering the keys to change the pitch.  Music is generally written in the treble clef.

Below is further information on the Oboe  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Oboe facts for kids

British Double Reed Society
The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments.  It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.  The society promotes and enhances the interests of all double reed players, whether students, amateurs, professionals or teachers.

History of the oboe
History of the oboe 2

Learn to play the oboe virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

10 Worst Things About Playing The Oboe

Musicians that inspire us: 

Diana Doherty plays Yanada
See an oboe being made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

Alto Saxophone

The alto saxophone is the most commonly found saxophone and is a member of the woodwind family.  It is played in orchestras, marching bands and big bands.  You make a sound by blowing through it and opening or closing the keys to change the pitch. 

Below is further information on the Alto saxophone.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Alto saxophone facts for kids

Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain
The society run soloist and chamber competitions, play days, repair workshops, and conferences.  Their aim is the promotion of the clarinet and saxophone across Great Britain and the fostering of a sense of community among all those who play these instruments.

History of the alto saxophone
History of the alto saxophone 2

Learn to play the alto saxophone virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

10 Facts about the Saxophone

Musicians that inspire us: 

Claude Delangle
Arno Bornkamp
Watch a Selmer saxophone being made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

 

Flute

The flute is a member of the woodwind family.  It is often played in orchestras, wind bands and in chamber ensembles.  It makes a sound by blowing across a hole in the head joint and covering or opening holes in the tube to make the pitch higher and lower. 

Below is further information on the Flute.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Flute facts for kids
Flute facts for kids 2

The British Flute Society
The British Flue Society YouTube channel
The British Flute Society is aimed at flute players of all ages and abilities.  They organise play days and competitions.  

History of the flute
History of the flute 2

Learn to play the flute
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

11 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Playing The Flute

Musicians that inspire us:

Emmanuel Pahud
Denis Bouriakov 
Adam Walker
See how a flute is made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

Recorder

The recorder is probably one of the best-known woodwind instruments because most people learn it when they are young.  It is much more versatile than people think and is often not studied thoroughly enough to reach its full potential. It makes a noise by blowing air through it. 

Below is further information on the Recorder.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Recorder facts for kids

The Society of Recorder Players
The society has branches throughout the United Kingdom, with playing opportunities for all abilities, supports a quarterly magazine, champions new music for the recorder, organises festivals and competitions, provides financial awards for young recorder players and facilitates an online recorder community through their website.

History of the recorder
History of the recorder 2

Learn to play the recorder
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

8 Facts About The Recorder

Musicians that inspire us: 

Piers Adams
Vicki Boeckman
See how a recorder is made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Baritone Saxophone

The baritone saxophone is one of the lowest and largest instruments of the saxophone family and is a woodwind instrument.  It plays in jazz bands, concert bands and saxophone quartets and can play all styles of music.  It makes a noise by blowing air through it. 

Below is further information on the Baritone saxophone.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Baritone saxophone facts for kids

Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain
The society run soloist and chamber competitions, play days, repair workshops, and conferences.  Their aim is the promotion of the clarinet and saxophone across Great Britain and the fostering of a sense of community among all those who play these instruments.

History of the baritone saxophone
History of the baritone saxophone 2 

Learn to play the baritone saxophone virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

Five Saxophone Facts You May Not Know

Musicians that inspire us: 

Pepper Adams
Pepper Adams playing Mingus’ Moanin
Watch a Selmer baritone saxophone being made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Clarinet 

The clarinet is a member of the woodwind family.  It can be played in orchestras and jazz bands and can play both low and high-pitched notes.  It makes a noise by blowing air through it. 

Below is further information on the Clarinet.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Clarinet facts for kids

Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain
The society run soloist and chamber competitions, play days, repair workshops, and conferences.  Their aim is the promotion of the clarinet and saxophone across Great Britain and the fostering of a sense of community among all those who play these instruments.

History of the Clarinet
History of the Clarinet 2

Learn to play the Clarinet virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

10 Need to Know Facts About the Clarinet

Musicians that inspire us: 

Martin Fröst
Julian Bliss
Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK 

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

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