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How Do You Play This Instrument?

Musical instruments make sounds in different ways. Can you work out how you would make each instrument make a sound?

'How Do You Play This Instrument?' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Sound

Curriculum subtopic:  Sounds and Vibrations

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The sounds made by musical instruments are made in all sorts of ways. They can:

 

  • be blown into using your mouth
  • plucked with your fingers
  • hit with your hands, hammers or sticks
  • bowed with a bow (a bow is something that is moved against the strings of an instrument)

 

Look at the pictures of the instruments and imagine the sound that they make. Then decide how the sound is made. Sometimes an instrument can be played in more than one way. For instance, look at this cello.

 

 

SAMPLE QUESTION: How do you think the cello is played?

Answer: Cellos are mostly played with a bow but it can sometimes be plucked. 

How does this trumpet make a sound?

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does this guitar make a sound?

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does these drums make a sound?

 

 

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does this violin make a sound?

There's more than one way to play a violin (select two)

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does this clarinet make a sound?

 

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does this xylophone make a sound?

 

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does this saxophone make a sound?

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How do these bongos make a sound?

 

 

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

How does this double bass make a sound?

There's more than one way to play a double bass (select two)

 

  

Blown

Plucked

Hit

Bowed

  • Question 1

How does this trumpet make a sound?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Blown
EDDIE SAYS
Trumpets are blown at the narrow end and the sound comes out of the other end. The buttons at the top are pushed down to make different notes.
  • Question 2

How does this guitar make a sound?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Plucked
EDDIE SAYS
The strings of a guitar are plucked with your fingers. The sound of an electric guitar is made from a speaker.
  • Question 3

How does these drums make a sound?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Hit
EDDIE SAYS
Drummers use drum sticks to hit the drums to make a sound. The large drum in the middle is hit with a drum stick that is moved with the drummer's foot.
  • Question 4

How does this violin make a sound?

There's more than one way to play a violin (select two)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Plucked
Bowed
EDDIE SAYS
Violins are mostly played using a bow. Sometimes the strings of the violin are plucked.
  • Question 5

How does this clarinet make a sound?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Blown
EDDIE SAYS
Clarinets are played by blowing into the narrow end and the sound comes out of the other end.
  • Question 6

How does this xylophone make a sound?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Hit
EDDIE SAYS
Xylophones are played by hitting the coloured bars with a stick. The different coloured bars make different notes.
  • Question 7

How does this saxophone make a sound?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Blown
EDDIE SAYS
Saxophones are played by blowing into the narrow end at the top. The sound comes out of the end.
  • Question 8

How do these bongos make a sound?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Hit
EDDIE SAYS
Bongos are played by being hit with hands.
  • Question 9

How does this double bass make a sound?

There's more than one way to play a double bass (select two)

 

  

CORRECT ANSWER
Plucked
Bowed
EDDIE SAYS
The Double Bass is a very large instrument that can be played either by plucking or bowing the strings.
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