The Basis of the Modern Symphony Orchestra


Passion drives people to achieve the dream of their life. There is no alternative to hard work and dedication. Music is not only a passion; it connects soul to the rhythm, the tones and the sound. Continuous learning and love for the music can explore the talent of any musician in a better way.  The Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has rendered their professional music services for the talented youth in Asia to glisten in the limelight. To find out more about the basic orchestral musical instruments, keep reading!

The great majority of musical instruments fall readily into one of six major categories: strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and the guitar family, the first four of which form the basis of the modern symphony orchestra.


Strings:  There are four basic string instruments, which are arranged according to the overall pitch. These are violins, violas, cellos, and the double basses, each having four strings arranged in order of the pitch and played with a bow.


Woodwinds: The woodwind instruments work by means of the silver-plated keys arranged at various lengths.  These keys are depressed and released to allow the air passage and produce notes of different pitch. From highest to the lowest overall pitch; flutes, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon are the basic woodwind musical instruments.


Brass Instruments: Brass instruments are also activated by blowing into them, although instead of using a form of reed over which the mouth is placed, the lips are placed against or inside the cup of a metal mouthpiece, and made to vibrate against its inner rim. In order of descending pitch, these are:  Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, and Tuba.


Percussion Instruments: With a surface that resonates when struck with hand or stick, these are divided into instruments with a definite pitch, known as tuned instruments, and others having an indefinite pitch.(Latter includes a variety of drums (side, tenor, bass, tabor, bongo etc).


All in all, these orchestral instruments form the basis of the modern symphony orchestra. If you are an avid artist, then stay tuned with AYO and remember to try out at the 2017 Auditions. You might be one of the lucky participants to get selected!

For more detail about the AYO 2017 auditions, feel free to visit the website here. Apply NOW to avail this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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