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The pipe organ is a wind instrument, sounded by air.


The special effect produced on a string instrument by plucking the string with the finger is called:


Chords whose notes are played in succession, as on the harp, are called:


Woodwind instruments:

all have a pipe with holes.

Which of the following is NOT a member of the brass family?

English horn

All woodwind instruments are made of wood.


The piano got its name, originally "pianoforte," from:

its wide dynamic range.

Which of the following is NOT a percussion instrument?


The violin was highly developed by Italian instrument makers between about 1600 and 1750.


The two categories of percussion instruments are pitched and unpitched.


What is double stopping?

playing on two strings at once

The trumpet is the lowest pitched instrument of the brass family.


Of the following statements, which describes the organ?

all of the above

The most recently invented member of the woodwind family is the saxophone.


Xylophone-like instruments are used in diverse world musics.


The bugle has a wide range of pitches due to its valves.


Of the following, which is most likely used by a rock musician?

solid-bodied electric guitar

Which of the following brass instruments is sometimes played with the performer's hand plugging the bell?

French horn

The viola is somewhat smaller and higher pitched than a violin.


The instruments of the Western orchestra are categorized in four groups: strings, brass, percussion, and:


Of the following, which is not a double-reed instrument?

the clarinet

Most percussion instruments fall into the categories of idiophones and aerophones.


The percussion family is comprised of a variety of instruments that are made to sound by:

striking or shaking.

The guitar is most likely of African origin.


The highest sounding member of the woodwind family is:

the piccolo.

The term pizzicato means to play in a throbbing manner.


Timpani are members of the __________ family of instruments.


In string playing, the rapid movement of the wrist creates a throbbing effect called:


A player's embouchure refers to the position of their lips, jaws, and facial muscles.


The piano is limited by a narrow range of pitches and dynamics.


Which of the following is a double-reed instrument?

the oboe

Which of the following is an unpitched percussion instrument?

bass drum

Which of the following instruments is NOT a member of the bowed string family?

the guitar

The soprano brass instrument sometimes described as possessing a brilliant timbre is:

the trumpet.

The device placed on the bridge of string instruments to muffle the sound is called:

a mute.

Which of the following is true of all brass instruments?

all of the above

Which is the correct order of bowed string instruments from highest to lowest in range?

violin, viola, cello, double bass

Harmonics on a string instrument are produced by:

lightly touching the string at certain points while the bow is being drawn.

The bass instrument in the brass family is:

the tuba.

Of the following, which is a pitched percussion instrument?


Of the following, which is the lowest member of the double-reed family?

the bassoon

String instruments are generally played by either bowing or plucking.


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