2 The String Family Has the most members in the orchestra Has four instruments in the familyEach instrument has four stringsThe instruments are played by using a bow or plucking the stringsPluckingBowing
3 ViolinViolaCelloTo hear the members of the stringfamily, click on each speaker sign.String Bass
4 The Brass Family Has four instruments in the family Ancestor was the horn from an animalPlayed by using a cup shaped mouthpieceMusician needs to buzz their lips in order to make a sound
5 To hear the members of the brass family, click on the name of the instrument.TrumpetFrench HornTromboneTuba
6 The Woodwind Family All of the members are or once were, made of wood Most of them use reeds on the mouthpieceAll of the use wind to make a soundThe clarinet, oboe and bassoon are wind instruments that sound when the player's breath causes a reed (a thin blade of cane) to vibrate, thereby setting up a sound wave in an enclosed air column.
7 FluteClarinetTo hear the members of the woodwind family, click on the name of the instrument.OboeBassoon
8 The Percussion Family Some are pitched Some are non-pitched Play Percussion Instruments by:StrikingShakingScraping