Have your students ever wondered why a piano has 88 keys instead of 89 or 90? Have they asked you which instruments are easy to play, and which are difficult? Are they curious about the components of a drum kit, or the difference between an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar?
Now there’s a comprehensive online resource for music educators and students that answers those questions, and many more.
The Yamaha Musical Instrument Guide offers detailed descriptions of 21 of the most popular instruments, with a wealth of information that includes the origin of each, along with its components and physical construction, as well as playing techniques.
But that’s not all. You’ll also find fingering charts (many of them downloadable), advice about choosing the best instrument, and tips for care and maintenance. There are even a variety of trivia questions for each instrument – little-known facts that lift the veil of mystery and add to the appreciation of music – along with hands-on exercises that will keep your students engaged and excited about the world of musical instruments and the sounds they create.
The instrument categories covered in the Guide are:
– Woodwinds (Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Flute, Recorder)
– Brass (Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn)
– Strings (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Violin)
– Keyboards (Celesta, Pipe Organ, Piano)
– Percussion (Timpani, Drums, Marimba)
– Other (Harmonica)
Click here to view the Yamaha Musical Instrument Guide.