Brass Instruments

What do they sound like?

Comparing Brass and Woodwind

Brass: Made of bent metal tubes. Large bell at the end. Not many valves, or no valves. Metal mouthpiece buzzed into to create vibration.

Woodwind: Made of wood, plastic, or metal. Mostly straight and skinny, some with one bend. Many buttons or holes. Tone-hole or mouthpiece with reed blown to create vibration.

How do they make sound?

How do they make a sound?

Let's meet some brass instruments!

One bent tube with a mouthpiece and a bell.


A bugle with 3 valves added to change pitch.


Larger instrument with a larger mouthpiece. No valves, instead uses a slide. A larger instrument makes lower pitch.


Created By
Josh Gumm


Created with images by JohannesW - "trombone trumpet close" • Hans - "trumpet brass instrument instrument" • Sadie Hernandez - "French Horn."

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