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Miserlou
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Winds kick Brass

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Started: 1/1/2008 Category: Arts
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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paulajayne

Pro

Totally bored and don't want to talk about Halo or Call of Duty, so let's debate on band. Just for fun =D Certainly not too serious

Woodwinds have a much wider range in musical styles and a much larger pitch range! There are also much more woodwinds than brass instruments. Let's list them:

piccalo
flute
alto flute
bass flute
Eb clarinet
Bb clarinet
bass clarinet
oboe
basoon
soprano saxophone
alto saxophone
tenor saxophone
baritone saxophone

and I'm sure I forgot some!

Oh! And there's a saying in band that the farther you sit from the director's podium the stupider you are (sorry drummers!);and being that brass sits behind the woodwinds.... well... hmmmm
Miserlou

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Okay, I'll bite. Brass instruments might not be superior to woodwinds, but they're anything but inferior.

You listed a lot of woodwinds, but just because there's a lot of them doesn't mean that they're better. Quality over quantity is the saying that comes to mind.

But brass instruments aren't without their diversity either; there's the trumpet, tuba, trombone, cornet, French horn, bugle, and variations on the sort.

Yes, the brass sits behind woodwinds, but the reason orchestras are arranged as they are is how loud the instruments are. Woodwinds have to be close to the conductor in order to be heard, while brasses have a much grander and richer sound. Trumpets, the most common of the brass, almost always takes the melody in orchestral music, while woodwinds provide only the harmony.

Brass instruments are seen in a variety of musical forms. They're found in orchestras of course, but are also common in jazz and swing music, and in a lot of pop. Ska, rock, reggae... some punk bands use brass frequently. Woodwinds are rarely seen outside of a band; brass instruments are more adaptable and useful for all types of artists.

(By the way, I play the clarinet, this is just for fun)
Debate Round No. 1
paulajayne

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paulajayne forfeited this round.
Miserlou

Con

Okay, so, like I said before, brass instruments are just as varied and musical as woodwinds, if not more so, because of the reasons I already stated.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by LCTuba89 9 months ago
LCTuba89
Woodwinds don't have a better range than brass. A tuba has a greater usable range than any instrument in an ensemble. The lips decide the pitch on brass whereas the length of the horn on a woodwind will determine the range. All instruments can be obnoxious when played poorly. All instruments play in a important role in an ensemble, not one is more important than the other.
Posted by mugwumpnettle 3 years ago
mugwumpnettle
Woodwind is so quiet (!), unless there are loads of them (maybe that's why there are so many different types, hmm) and brass instruments are loud which I love so I personally prefer brass. I might prefer brass as well because most of the woodwind players I know from school bands are either cocky, or just plain unpleasant.
Posted by miuki13 9 years ago
miuki13
violin! :D heh... lol i dunno
hey guess what! my hair is spikey
Posted by TJBric 9 years ago
TJBric
Woodwinds are pretty much the only type of instrument that for whatever reason I can't stand. I can't explain or quantify my statement beyond that...the sound just irks me.

On the other hand, I love brass instruments, they just seem to flow with powerful passion. (Of course in the hands of someone new they're horrid!)
Posted by spinaltap 9 years ago
spinaltap
this is all a bunch of hot air ;-)
Posted by jevan 9 years ago
jevan
You forgot english horn and contrabassooon lol.

I play basson. I hate brass.

GO WOODWIND!
Posted by mjvoss 9 years ago
mjvoss
I hate brass. They are loud and obnoxious. I play the viola, so loud and obnoxious instruments piss me off. =)
Posted by oboeman 9 years ago
oboeman
Yeah, woodwinds all the way. GO OBOE.
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