what is that sound?

To be a composer you need to know how the instruments work. This section will give you some ideas about what the instruments can do, their tonal range and some special effects.

If you would like a printed version of the tonal range of the instruments go to the 'tonal ranges' page.

Don't forget that if you want to learn more about the other instruments within the mixed enseble you can go to the relevant pages contained within the other instrument families.