Saxophones: Woodwind or Brass?

The saxophone belongs to which family of musical instruments?

  • A. brass
  • B. percussion
  • C. metal
  • D. woodwinds

44% of players knew the correct answer: D., woodwinds

While many saxophones are made of brass, the instrument is actually part of the woodwind family. Brass instruments use valves or a slide to change pitch, and the sound comes out at the end of the instrument. In comparison, woodwind instruments change pitch by pressing a different combination of keys, and the sound comes through the holes in the instrument.


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Question of the Day: Saxophones: Woodwind or Brass?
Is the saxophone considered a woodwind or a brass instrument? In this Flashcast, Murray and Tamika answer that question as they explore the history of the saxophone, the range of its quirky family members, and the life of inventor and musician Adolphe Sax.

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