device created or adapted to make musical sounds
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Musical instruments are things used to make music. Anything that somehow produces sound can be considered a musical instrument, but the term generally means items that are specifically for making music.
Musical instruments can be divided by type into:
- string instruments (plucked or bowed)
- wind instruments
- percussion instruments
- keyboard instruments
An orchestra has instruments from four families:
- bowed string instruments (e.g. violin)
- woodwind (e.g. flute)
- brass (e.g. trumpet)
- percussion (e.g. drums)
Some people think that the voice is a "natural musical instrument" because singing is a way to make music without any instrument at all.