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Woodwinds

Woodwinds

Woodwind instruments are most commonly made of wood or metal, and are played by blowing air across an opening at one end or through a "reed", and by covering and uncovering holes along the instrument with fingers or levers, keys, and pads. The members of this family are flute and piccolo, oboe and English horn, clarinet and bass clarinet, and bassoon and contra-bassoon.