The effect of the reed resonance on woodwind tone production

  title={The effect of the reed resonance on woodwind tone production},
  author={Stephen C. Thompson},
  journal={Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  • S. C. Thompson
  • Published 1 November 1979
  • Physics
  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
In normal woodwind tone production the nonlinear flow control properties of the reed transfer energy among the harmonics of the spectrum, and the favored playing frequency is one for which the air column input impedance is high at several harmonics. Above the middle of the second register, woodwinds have only one participating impedance peak; yet these notes can be played even without the use of a register hole, despite competing possibilities of low register intermode cooperation. Such notes… 

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