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There is a list of instruments, all you have to do is to identify instruments and their correct families. Fill in the blanks and choose the correct option. Take your time. All the best!


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  • 1. 

    The violin is a member of the ________________family

    • A.

      Brass

    • B.

      String

    • C.

      Wooodwind

    • D.

      Percussion

    Correct Answer
    B. String
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "String" because the violin is a musical instrument that belongs to the string family. It is played by using a bow to vibrate the strings and produce sound. The strings on the violin are typically made of nylon or steel and are stretched across the body of the instrument. Other instruments in the string family include the cello, viola, and double bass.

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  • 2. 

    The bassoon is a member of the _______________family

    • A.

      Percussion

    • B.

      String

    • C.

      Brass

    • D.

      Woodwind

    Correct Answer
    D. Woodwind
    Explanation
    The bassoon is a member of the woodwind family because it is a wind instrument that produces sound by blowing air through a reed. Woodwind instruments are typically made of wood or metal and include instruments such as the flute, clarinet, and saxophone. The bassoon, with its long, curved shape and double reed, is classified as a woodwind instrument due to its method of sound production and its inclusion in the woodwind section of an orchestra or band.

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  • 3. 

    Name an instrument that is in two separate instrument families?

    • A.

      Viola

    • B.

      Piano

    • C.

      Saxophone

    • D.

      Drum

    Correct Answer
    B. Piano
    Explanation
    The piano is an instrument that is in two separate instrument families - the string family and the keyboard family. It has strings that are struck by hammers, which is characteristic of string instruments. However, it is also classified as a keyboard instrument because it has a keyboard that is used to play the notes. This unique combination of features places the piano in both the string and keyboard instrument families.

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  • 4. 

    Name two large instruments in the string family.

    • A.

      Harp, Bass

    • B.

      Clarinet, Bassoon

    • C.

      Tambourine, Triangle

    • D.

      Guitar, Flute

    Correct Answer
    A. Harp, Bass
    Explanation
    The harp and bass are both large instruments in the string family. The harp is a large, multi-stringed instrument that is played by plucking the strings with the fingers. It has a distinct sound and is often associated with classical music. The bass, also known as the double bass or upright bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched instrument in the string family. It is played with a bow or by plucking the strings and is commonly used in orchestras and jazz ensembles. Both instruments have a significant presence and contribute to the rich and diverse sound of the string family.

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  • 5. 

    True or false: Brass instruments are found only in jazz bands.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False 

    Correct Answer
    B. False 
    Explanation
    Brass instruments are not found only in jazz bands. They are commonly used in various genres of music, including classical, orchestral, marching bands, and even popular music. Brass instruments, such as trumpets, trombones, and French horns, have a rich history and are versatile instruments that can be found in a wide range of musical settings. Therefore, the statement that brass instruments are found only in jazz bands is false.

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  • 6. 

    Getting a little more specific. How many families of instruments are there (excluding the keyboard family)?

    • A.

      Four 

    • B.

      Six

    • C.

      As many as there are instruments 

    • D.

      Three

    Correct Answer
    A. Four 
    Explanation
    There are four families of instruments excluding the keyboard family. The question is asking for the number of families of instruments excluding the keyboard family, and the correct answer is four.

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  • 7. 

    Here is the instrument I play. It is long, in fact, 2 feet long when it is a type C, part of the woodwind family, and is held sideways. What is it?

    • A.

      Trombone

    • B.

      Flute 

    • C.

      Clarinet

    • D.

      Saxophone 

    Correct Answer
    B. Flute 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is flute because it is a long instrument, typically 2 feet long when it is a type C. It is also part of the woodwind family and is held sideways while playing. The other options, trombone, clarinet, and saxophone, do not match the given description.

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  • 8. 

     What family of instruments do you 'hit' when you play them?

    • A.

      Percussion

    • B.

      String 

    • C.

      Woodwind 

    • D.

      Brass 

    Correct Answer
    A. Percussion
    Explanation
    When you play percussion instruments, you typically hit or strike them to produce sound. This family of instruments includes drums, cymbals, xylophones, and tambourines, among others. String instruments are played by plucking or bowing the strings, woodwind instruments are played by blowing air into them, and brass instruments are played by buzzing into a mouthpiece. Therefore, the correct answer is percussion.

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  • 9. 

    Would you be likely to find a bassoon in a jazz band?

    • A.

      Yes 

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    The bassoon is not a commonly used instrument in jazz bands. Jazz bands typically include instruments such as saxophones, trumpets, trombones, pianos, drums, and guitars. The bassoon, on the other hand, is more commonly found in classical orchestras and wind ensembles. While it is possible for a jazz band to include a bassoon, it is not likely. Therefore, the correct answer is "No".

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  • 10. 

    What instrument would be found in the Brass family?

    • A.

      Clarinet 

    • B.

      Double Bass

    • C.

      Tuba

    • D.

      Tambourine

    Correct Answer
    C. Tuba
    Explanation
    The tuba would be found in the Brass family because it is a large brass instrument that produces low-pitched sounds. It is typically played by blowing air into a mouthpiece and using valves to change the pitch. The other options, clarinet, double bass, and tambourine, do not belong to the Brass family as they are either woodwind, string, or percussion instruments.

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