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Most flutes have 16 key openings to cover an equal-tempered octave. Many modern flutes can reach a range of three octaves with anywhere from 16 to 20 openings to play.

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  • How are clarinets made?

    Q: How are clarinets made?

    A: Clarinets are made from African blackwood that is dried, sawed and fashioned into the clarinet body before being hollowed out, drilled with holes and then fashioned with keys. The keys of the clarinet, which are made of die-cast metal, are then attached to the clarinet.
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  • How much does a grand piano weigh?

    Q: How much does a grand piano weigh?

    A: A grand piano can weigh anywhere from 500 pounds for an apartment-size piano to 1,300 pounds for a full-sized piano used in concert halls. Most of the weight is from a large cast-iron frame, or "harp", that keeps the strings under tension.
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  • How long does it take to learn the piano?

    Q: How long does it take to learn the piano?

    A: The time it takes to learn the piano differs from one person to another. Factors that tend to play a role in the difference include the time dedicated to studying and practicing the piano, the age of the learner, experience of the teacher, the learner's passion and their natural abilities.
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  • What is the technique to playing a conch shell?

    Q: What is the technique to playing a conch shell?

    A: Conch shells can be used as horns but the person must make a buzzing sound with their lips in order to have it work. Just blowing into the conch shell won't work. The buzzing sound made from a person's lips gets amplified by the conch shell, much like a bugle horn.
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  • Who invented the oboe?

    Q: Who invented the oboe?

    A: Jean Hotteterre and Michel Danican Philidor invented the oboe by modifying the double-reeded shawm in the 17th century. The oboe originated in France, becoming established through its use at the court of Louis XIV. Variations in design developed in different countries during the 1800s and persist to this day.
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  • How many strings does a guitar have?

    Q: How many strings does a guitar have?

    A: A classical acoustic guitar has six strings. There are variations in guitar configurations for creating different sounds, including the electric four-string bass guitar and the 12-string guitar that is played like a six-string but with two strings per note.
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  • How does the piano produce sound?

    Q: How does the piano produce sound?

    A: The notes produced on a piano are the result of at least one string being struck with a small hammer. The strings vibrate at different frequencies to produce different notes. The string frequencies are determined by the wire used and its length, width, tension and density. The strings in pianos are made with extremely tough wire that is hard enough to chip the blades of a regular wire cutter.
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  • How many notes are there on a piano?

    Q: How many notes are there on a piano?

    A: The modern standard-sized piano has 88 keys, which equals 88 notes and covers a range of seven octaves plus a minor third. A few pianos are specially made with an extend bass range, such as the Imperial Bosendorfer, which has 97 keys and covers a range of eight full octaves.
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  • How does a trumpet produce sound?

    Q: How does a trumpet produce sound?

    A: A trumpet makes sound when the musician makes a buzzing sound while blowing air through closed lips and into the mouthpiece. The air causes a standing wave vibration in the air column inside of the trumpet, which travels down the instrument and is then manipulated by the pressing of the keys.
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  • How many inches is a full size guitar?

    Q: How many inches is a full size guitar?

    A: A grand concert guitar measures 19 3/8 inches long, 4 3/4 inches deep and 8 3/8 inches wide at the waist, according to CB Guitars. An auditorium-size guitar measures the same length, but is 4 1/8 inches deep and 9 3/16 inches wide at the waist.
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  • How do you build your own bamboo flute?

    Q: How do you build your own bamboo flute?

    A: Make a bamboo flute by burning holes in a bamboo rod and sealing it with linseed oil. The supplies you need are a bamboo fishing pole, a hacksaw, fine sandpaper, a 1/2-inch diameter steel rod, a butane torch, a permanent marker, an oven mitt, a 1/4-inch drill bit, vise-grip pliers, linseed oil and a clean rag. This project takes about 40 minutes.
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  • Where did the harp originate?

    Q: Where did the harp originate?

    A: The harp originated with the Egyptians sometime around 3,000 B.C. Believed to be one of the oldest instruments, the earliest harps were formed from hunting bows.
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  • How much does a tuba weigh?

    Q: How much does a tuba weigh?

    A: A typical full-size orchestral tuba weighs 25 to 35 pounds. The player does not need to hold up the heavy instrument without assistance. The chair the musician sits in supports the tuba's weight.
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  • How big is a full-sized acoustic guitar?

    Q: How big is a full-sized acoustic guitar?

    A: A full-sized acoustic guitar is 40 to 42 inches in length. A full-sized guitar is also referred to as a "4/4," with the smaller sizes being three-quarter, one-half and one-quarter.
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  • How long is a trumpet?

    Q: How long is a trumpet?

    A: The length of a standard B-flat trumpet is about 19.5 inches with a variance of no greater than a half inch. The total length of the tubing, were it to be extended, is approximately 54 inches. It is bent into curves to accommodate all the extra length.
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  • How can you make your own vuvuzela?

    Q: How can you make your own vuvuzela?

    A: A homemade vuvuzela may be created using a cheap plastic baseball bat, the plastic portion of an inexpensive Fourth of July party horn, scissors, a plastic cup with the bottom cut off and colored electrical tape. All of these items may be purchased at a local dollar or thrift store.
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  • What is the history of the guitar?

    Q: What is the history of the guitar?

    A: Different forms of the guitar date back over 3,000 years. Though no civilization has been credited with the development of the instrument, historians have found carvings of an instrument resembling the guitar done by the Hittites.
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  • What are some interesting facts about the violin?

    Q: What are some interesting facts about the violin?

    A: Some interesting facts about violins are that the modern violin contains over 70 separate pieces of wood and the world's smallest violin is 37 millimeters long. Additionally, playing the violin burns approximately 170 calories an hour and most violins are made from maple or spruce.
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  • How many keys does a flute have?

    Q: How many keys does a flute have?

    A: Most flutes have 16 key openings to cover an equal-tempered octave. Many modern flutes can reach a range of three octaves with anywhere from 16 to 20 openings to play.
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  • How many white keys are on a piano?

    Q: How many white keys are on a piano?

    A: The standard piano has 52 white keys. It also has 36 black keys for a total of 88 keys. The average piano has 220 strings, but that number tends to vary from instrument to instrument.
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  • What is the difference between a ukulele and a guitar?

    Q: What is the difference between a ukulele and a guitar?

    A: Some differences between a ukulele and a guitar are in their number of strings, size, chord setup, different types and origin. Although both are stringed instruments, the number of strings for a guitar is six and a ukulele has four. Guitars can have nylon or steel strings, but ukuleles usually have nylon strings.
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