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Western Musical Instruments

Use this data set to learn all about the common musical instruments used in western music. It covers instruments used in symphony, quartet, and band settings.
a data set by Sugarcane
created October 20, 2015
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InstrumentPictureRangeTransposition PitchWritten TranspositionFamilyIn Symphonic Orchestra?In Chamber Orchestra?In String Orchestra?In String Quartet?In Concert Band?In Jazz Band?
ViolinCas writtenbowed stringyesyesyesyesnono
ViolaCas writtenbowed stringyesyesyesyesnono
CelloCas writtenbowed stringyesyesyesyesnono
Double bassCwritten one octave above concert pitchbowed stringyesyesyesnonoyes
GuitarCwritten one octave above concert pitchnonbowed stringnononononoyes
Electric guitarCwritten one octave above concert pitchnonbowed stringnononononoyes
BanjoCas writtennonbowed stringnononononono
MandolinCas writtennonbowed stringnononononono
Electric bassCwritten one octave above concert pitchnonbowed stringnononononono
HarpCas writtennonbowed stringyesnonononono
PiccoloCwritten one octave below concert pitchwoodwindyesnononoyesno
FluteCas writtenwoodwindyesyesnonoyesyes
OboeCas writtenwoodwindyesyesnonoyesno
English hornFwritten a perfect fifth above concert pitchwoodwindyesnononoyesno
ClarinetB♭written a major second above concert pitchwoodwindyesyesnonoyesno
Alto clarinetE♭written a minor third below concert pitchwoodwindyesnononoyesno
Bass clarinetB♭written a major ninth above concert pitchwoodwindyesnononoyesno
BassoonCas writtenwoodwindyesyesnonoyesno
ContrabassoonCwritten one octave above concert pitchwoodwindyesnonononono
Soprano saxophoneB♭written a major second above concert pitchwoodwindnononononoyes
Alto saxophoneE♭written a major sixth above concert pitchwoodwindnonononoyesyes
Tenor saxophoneB♭written a major ninth above concert pitchwoodwindnonononoyesyes
Baritone saxophoneE♭written an octave and a major sixth above concert pitchwoodwindnonononoyesyes
French hornFwritten a perfect fifth above concert pitchbrassyesyesnonoyesno
Piccolo trumpetB♭written a minor seventh below concert pitchbrassnononononono
TrumpetB♭written a major second above concert pitchbrassyesyesnonoyesyes
CornetB♭written a major second above concert pitchbrassnonononoyesno
FlugelhornB♭written a major second above concert pitchbrassnononononono
TromboneCas writtenbrassyesnononoyesyes
Bass tromboneCas writtenbrassnonononoyesno
Baritone hornCas writtenbrassnonononoyesno
TubaCas writtenbrassyesnononoyesno
HarpsichordCas writtenkeyboardnononononono
OrganCas writtenkeyboardnononononono
PianoCas written keyboardyesyesyesnonoyes
ChimesCas writtenpitched percussionyesnononoyesno
GlockenspielCwritten two octaves below concert pitchpitched percussionnonononoyesno
XylophoneCwritten one octave below concert pitchpitched percussionnonononoyesno
MarimbaCas writtenpitched percussionyesnononoyesno
VibraphoneCas writtenpitched percussionnonononoyesno
TimpaniCas writtenpitched percussionyesyesnonoyesno
Drum kitunpitched percussionnononononoyes
Snare drumunpitched percussionyesnononoyesyes
Bass drumunpitched percussionyesnononoyesyes
CymbalsCas writtenunpitched percussionyesnononoyesyes
SopranoCas writtenvocalnononononono
AltoCas writtenvocalnononononono
TenorCwritten one octave above concert pitchvocalnononononono
BaritoneCas writtenvocalnononononono
BassCas writtenvocalnononononono