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Unformatted text preview: the Sachs-Hornbostel system has five categories (aerophone, chordophone, membranophone, idiophones, and electrophone.) The Sachs-Hornbostel system is concerned with how an instrument is played (ie striking a stretched membrane), while the traditional system is not. 4. Other ways of classifying instruments could be by length or by weight, though they probably would not be effective methods of classification. Two instruments that are inorganic are a snare drum and a saxophone. The strength of this classification is that it can have every instrument categorized. Weaknesses are that it does not seem useful, and instruments can overlap. For example, a piano has both wood(organic) and metal (inorganic). Two instruments that are typical of popular music are the electric guitar and the electric bass. Two instruments that are seen as classical are the cello and the piano....
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