Musical Sound Generation and Radiation

  • John M. Eargle


In this chapter we will study the physical bases of traditional musical instruments, observing how power is applied to the instrument, how oscillations are produced and altered, and how useful sound radiation is achieved. We will treat these elements in the simplest possible way, reserving for later chapters the detailed discussions of specific instruments, their unique characteristics and fine differences.


Sound Radiation Vowel Sound Helmholtz Resonator Cylindrical Resonator String Instrument 
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