Musical instruments maybe divided into three groups according to the different ways in which their tones are produced: - First.
The stringed instruments in which sound is produced by the vibration of stretched strings, as in the piano, violin, guitar, mandolin. Second.
The wind instruments in which sound is produced by the vibrations of definite columns of air, as in the organ, flute, cornet, trombone. Third.
The percussion instruments, in which sound is produced by the motion of stretched membranes, as in the drum, or by the motion of metal disks, as in the tambourines and cymbals.