Many people today send their children to music school. Many people want to play music themselves. But for what? The choice is not always deliberate and justified. Let’s try to figure it out a bit!
From the point of view of academics, musical instruments have timbre, tessitura and range, dynamism and mobility, and many other differences. However, a normal person understands the only timbre. I like the timbre (color of sound) of the guitar, but not the violin. With this, everything is clear. Let us now look at the properties of musical instruments from the point of view of an unprepared person, but who wants to join the musical culture. It (culture), in general, is understandable to everyone, but for some reason is diligently trying to isolate itself from the people.
The first property is the musical capabilities of the instrument. That is, the amount of music that he can produce. Both simultaneously and sequentially. At the same time, it’s like comparing a piano and some kind of pipe. The pipe gives only one sound, and the grand piano can produce a lot of sounds at the same time, and not just ten, as it might seem. Consistently, this means that you can play the music that is different in its musical composition. You can play almost anything on the piano. But on the folk flute, only some folk melodies. No accompaniment.
The second is the ease of extracting sounds. It is clear that not everyone will be able to extract sound from a pioneer bugle right away, but from some whistle, it is much easier.
The third is the volume. An important factor. First, from the point of view of neighbors. Trombone or trumpet – death to neighbors. But a harmonica or guitar (especially an electric one without an outlet) is quite suitable for home playing music. And secondly, in terms of goals and objectives. I want to practice at home, or at the stadium to the sound of cheering for my favorite team. Well, the last thing is size and convenience. A harmonica is far more convenient than a piano or even a tuba.
Popular musical instruments
Popular instruments include those that are most often used by the people. Everybody walks down the street with guitars. But it’s not just the guitars that are popular. In record stores, downright packed with guitars, harmonicas, block flutes, and percussion are still widely represented. There are also many grand pianos and pianos, and, of course, synthesizers.
In terms of musical possibilities, no one can argue with a grand piano and a synthesizer. The latter can be used to perform symphonic works if you have a computer. Further, in descending order, there are guitars, harmonicas (chromatic), and block flutes. Impact closes. The music comes out of them very specific.
In terms of ease of sound production, the most difficult is the piano. Simple sounds from it are easy to get, but really beautiful sounds are difficult. It’s the same with guitars. It’s easy to strum at them, but it takes time to achieve beauty. Harmonicas and block flutes are relatively simple. Children begin to learn block flutes in the wind department. Volume. A good piano drowns out a symphony orchestra. True, its legs are shaking at the same time. Some experienced pianists know how to drop the instrument to the floor, so their trained fingers are so strong.
With good equipment, the electric guitar will also outshine the orchestra. However, the loudness range here is quite significant and depends on the technique. The drums, depending on the type, are also quite loud instruments. The quietest are acoustic guitar, harmonica, and block flute. Of all these instruments, the volume practically does not change only for the block-flute. A slight change in volume can lead to a change in pitch.
Academic musical instruments
For the academic, we include all the same pianos, as well as strings and brass. In terms of musicality, the piano is ahead of everyone. The rest of the instruments, although they can perform a very wide range of works, nevertheless emit one or two sounds (strings) at the same time.
In terms of ease of extraction, as well as in terms of music, the piano again comes first. Since poking a key is always easier than driving with a bow or blowing a pipe into the mouthpiece, observing the ear cushions. In it (earpads) the brass folds their mouths and thus control the sound.
In terms of volume, brass instruments are in the first place. The strings are the quietest. For comparison, in a symphony orchestra, there are several dozen strings and only a couple of four wind instruments. One small piccolo flute (slightly larger than a fountain pen) covers the entire orchestra easily and naturally. Therefore, she is rarely introduced there, it is very loud.