A woodwind instrument is a musical instrument which produces sound when the player blows air against a sharp edge or through a reed, causing the air within its resonator (usually a column of air) to vibrate. Most of these instruments are made of wood but can be made from other materials, such as plastics, or metals.

Types of woodwind instrumentsEdit

The woodwind instruments can be divided into two groups; flutes and reed instruments.


  • Flutes produce sound when air is blown across the edge.

Reed instrumentsEdit

  • Single-reed
  • Double-reed
  • Bagpipes
  • Free reed aerophone

Notable ExamplesEdit

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Cor Anglais/English Horn
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Contrabassoon
  • Bagpipes
  • Recorder