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Instrument Range
Reality Check!

Are you ready to write a piece for a massive amount of instruments? Sure you are! You’re a composer and you’re going to do whatever the heck you want! However, between us, it would be wise to know your orchestral instruments’ ranges, as almost nothing is more embarrassing then writing notes that don’t exist on particular instruments.

Below is a list of instruments that you should know about, in terms of their history, range (pitched instruments) and characteristics. For actual ranges, characteristic and orchestral tips check out Ready, Set, Compose! Here’s the list:

Woodwinds

C piccolo, Db piccolo, C flute, alto flute, oboe, cor anglais, Bb clarinet, A clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contra bassoon, Eb alto saxophone, Bb tenor saxophone, Eb baritone saxophone.


Brass

Bb trumpet, cornet, French horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone, BBb tuba, Eb tuba, baritone.


Percussion

Triangle, cymbals, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine.


Pitched Percussion

Glockenspiel, xylophone, celesta, vibraphone, marimba, timpani.


Strings

Violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp.



C Flute Range


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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice