|Author||Topic: instrument ranges|
|posted: 11/22/2004 at 12:12:52 PM ET|
What instruments (by section, excluding the piano, obviously) have the largest ranges?
I read in the "learn about instruments" section of this website that trombone has the largest range of all the brass instruments because of its slide. That doesn't really make sense to me.
What is the range of a trombone? A Horn has about a 4 octave range - can a trombone (or any other instrument, for that matter) match that?
|posted: 12/6/2004 at 9:57:58 PM ET|
The Bassoon typically has the largest range of all wind instruments. It too has a range of over 4 octaves. It goes from Bb one octave above the piano's lowest Bb (bass clef)to high F# and G in the treble clef
this I'd say is the most extensive range
(and i can almost reach all of it)the trombone has just a little bit over a 4 octave range
|posted: 12/7/2004 at 12:25:20 PM ET|
In theory a brass instrument has no upper range. The only limitation is the limitation of the player. Now the playable range is different. I would consider the Horn as having the largest brass playable range, and agree that Bassoon in the woodwind. It is not uncommon for Horn parts to range from (written) F below treble clef to C above treble clef. This considered a playable range of the Horn as I understand it. If you consider that the horn can go lower and higher with not a lot of more difficulty then that extends the range even more.