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Collective term for instruments that produce sound by blowing, which causes the air column inside the tube to vibrate; a reed or the lips are used to play them.
wind instruments [1] saxophone breech guard breech thumb rest key finger button body key guard key bell brace reed bell key lever ligature octave mechanism crook mouthpiece crook key

saxophone click to hear

Single-reed instrument consisting of a conical copper tube with a flared bell and holes closed by keys.

breech guard click to hear

Metal part that protects the keys on the breech from impact.

breech click to hear

Curved part connecting the bell to the body.

thumb rest click to hear

Part on which the thumb is placed to support the instrument.

key finger button click to hear

Piece of mother-of-pearl that moves the key plate.

body click to hear

Conical tube located between the crook and the breech and containing most of the keys.

key guard click to hear

Metal part that protects the keys from impact.

key click to hear

Mechanism composed of a lever and a plate; it opens and closes the holes when notes are played.

bell brace click to hear

Ring that connects the bell of the instrument to the body.

reed click to hear

Part used to produce sound; it consists of a tongue that vibrates against the edge of the instrument’s mouthpiece.

bell click to hear

Flared end of the instrument.

key lever click to hear

Part that controls a key plate.

ligature click to hear

Part that attaches the reed to the flat surface of the mouthpiece.

octave mechanism click to hear

Part that increases the pitch of the notes by an octave.

crook click to hear

Curved part connecting the mouthpiece to the body.

mouthpiece click to hear

Beveled mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet; the reed attaches to its flat surface and the player blows into it.

crook key click to hear

Key that opens and closes the instrument’s smallest hole, located on the crook.