Have you ever heard a sound and wondered the name of the instrument being played? An orchestra alone has forty-four instruments and many more are found in all genres of music.
If you are looking to name an instrument, then read on – as we cover all the standard and unpopular musical instruments.
Most Common Instrument Names
Before we dive into the main categories of instruments, let’s take a look at the most popular musical instruments found in bands or with popular music.
The guitar is going to be the most popular stringed instrument while the piano rivals it in popularity among musicians of all ages.
While these instruments might be commonly found in popular music, there are so many different types of musical devices available – including many more not even listed here.
List of 80+ Musical Instruments by Name
|acoustic guitar||piano||violin||snare drum|
|cymbals||bass drum||bass guitar||saxophone|
|tubular chimes||conga drums||bells||electric guitar|
|Tibetan singing bowl|
Instruments Found in the Orchestra
Instruments in Marching Band
Instruments in Different Genres of Music
|Drums||Electric Guitar||Acoustic Guitar||Turntable||Electric Organ||Bass||Harmonica|
|Guitar||Bass Guitar||Mandolin||Drum Machine||Guitar||Trumpet||Bass|
To understand the different instruments, it is important to first look at the main categories.
Six Main Categories of Instruments
Generally, most instruments will fall into one of the following six categories.
- Bowed String Instruments
- Guitar Instruments
List of Bowed String Instruments
- Double Bass
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List of Woodwind Instruments
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List of Brass Instruments
- French Horn
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List of Percussion Instruments
- Snare Drum
- Bass Drum
- Tubular Bells
- Bass Drum
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List of Keyboard Instruments
- Pipe Organ
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List of Guitar Family Instruments
- 6-string Guitar
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