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The art of combining sounds to produce harmony.

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traditional musical instruments
Collective term for the instruments, current or ancient, that characterize a culture, era or style of music.

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symphony orchestra
Group composed of numerous musicians under the direction of a conductor; it includes various categories of instruments, depending on the work to be performed.

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wind instruments
Collective term for instruments that produce sound by blowing, which causes the air column inside the tube to vibrate; a reed or the lips are used to play them.

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percussion instruments
Group of instruments that are struck directly with the hands or with sticks, mallets, etc. to produce a sound.

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electronic instruments
Electronic instruments are designed to imitate, convert or produce sounds based on electric signals and digital data.

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musical notation
Collective term for the signs on a staff that represent sounds and silences as well as value, pitch, measure, rhythm and so forth.

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musical accessories
Instruments used by musicians to measure the tempo of a composition, tune their instruments and hold their music.

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examples of instrumental groups
Instrumental groups: groups of two or more instruments and musicians; a group’s composition depends on the work being played.

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stringed instruments
Instruments whose sound, amplified by a sound box, is produced by the vibration of plucked or bowed strings stretched along a neck.

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keyboard instruments
Instruments with a series of keys that are pressed to strike or pluck strings and thereby produce sound.