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Shawm

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Definition and Description of the Shawm
Definition and description of the Shawm: The Shawm can be described as a reed instrument with vent holes. Description: A woodwind instrument of music, formerly in use, resembling either the clarinet or the hautboy in form. The body of the shawm was usually made from a single piece of wood ending in a flared bell like that of a trumpet.

The Shawm had a piercing, trumpet-like sound well-suited for out-of-doors performances and therefore favored by the Waits. The largest of the Shawm family of instruments was called a Bombard. It is the predecessor of the modern oboe.

Family of Instruments: The Shawm belongs to the family of Woodwind instruments.

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