Instruments have families. There are
four families; the percussion family, the string family, the brass
family, and the wind family.
Percussion instruments are fun to
play. You shake them or hit them with your hand, a stick, or a
mallet. Some percussion instruments are a xylophone, a
tambourine, and a triangle. The cymbals are also a percussion
instrument. They look like two big lids from two big pots.
String family instruments are the
guitar, banjo, and violin. These instruments do not look alike
but they all have strings. You play them by strumming or
plucking them with a bow or your fingers.
The wind family instruments are played by
blowing air into them. Sometimes the wind family is called the
woodwind family. Some of the instruments are made of wood and
some are not. A flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and recorder
are wind family instruments.
Most of the instruments in the brass family are
made of hard, shiny metal called brass. A trombone, a French
horn, a trumpet, and the big tuba are all part of the brass family.