How do clarinet players adjust the resonances of their vocal tracts for different playing effects?

  title={How do clarinet players adjust the resonances of their vocal tracts for different playing effects?},
  author={Claudia Fritz and Joe Wolfe},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={118 5},
  • C. Fritz, J. Wolfe
  • Published 27 May 2005
  • Physics
  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
In a simple model, the reed of the clarinet is mechanically loaded by the series combination of the acoustical impedances of the instrument itself and of the player's airway. Here we measure the complex impedance spectrum of players' airways using an impedance head adapted to fit inside a clarinet mouthpiece. A direct current shunt with high acoustical resistance allows players to blow normally, so the players can simulate the tract condition under playing conditions. The reproducibility of the… 

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