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How does a saxophone produce sound waves?

How does a saxophone produce sound waves?

The saxophone is part of the woodwind family, which all use a column of vibrating air to produce the sound waves that we hear. The sound is a result of a standing wave, where reflections of the vibrating air inside the instrument add constructively.

What kind of sound does the saxophone make?

The sound of the saxophone is a little like a sine wave when played softly, but successively less like it as it is played louder. To make a repeated or periodic wave that is not a simple sine wave, one can add sine waves from the harmonic series.

Where does the air come out of a saxophone?

The player placing their top teeth on the mouthpiece then covers their bottom teeth with their lip and places this on the reed. Air is pushed between the thin gap between the reed and the mouthpiece, which then vibrates down the instrument creating a sound.

Why does the saxophone make sound?

Making sound by vibrating the reed The sound of a saxophone is generated by vibrating the reed attached to the mouthpiece, which the player puts in his mouth. Instruments that make sound in this way are called reed instruments.

How loud is an alto saxophone?

In our example an alto saxophone plays at 60 dB and a tenor sax plays at 70 dB at the same time, producing a combined sound of 70 dB. The sound decreases by 6 dB when doubling the distance from the source.

Can I teach myself the saxophone?

You CAN teach yourself saxophone, yes, but without some kind of help it will be difficult and time consuming. But, if you suddenly want to play your saxophone right now and learn something new, simply log in and pick a lesson ! There is no right or wrong with learning how to play the saxophone.

Is it difficult to play the saxophone?

How Easy Is It To Start Learning Saxophone? In terms of learning the saxophone, it’s one of the easiest instruments. The scales run up and down the keys, making it perfect for beginners or people who are switching from the piano or other woodwind instruments with similar technique.

How long does a saxophone last?

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Why does my saxophone sound fuzzy?

In the most cases, this “spitty” sound is caused by a buildup of excess moisture produced by blowing hot air into your instrument. A classic way to eliminate built-up condensation from your saxophone is simply to create a tight seal around the mouthpiece and to suck all moisture out.

How do you breathe in a saxophone?

How to Blow Into a Saxophone

  1. Position your top teeth over the mouthpiece (approx. ½ inch from the tip)—the reed should be resting on your lower lip.
  2. Breathe in from your diaphragm.
  3. Breathe out fully.
  4. Stand or sit up straight.
  5. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.
  6. Maintain a steady flow of air on the exhale.

Does air come out of a saxophone?

Adolphe Sax. Sound on a woodwind instrument comes from a vibrating column of air inside the instrument. The player makes this column of air vibrate in one of three ways: as air is blown across the top of an instrument (like the flute), across a single reed (like the clarinet), or across two reeds (like the oboe).

How does the sound come out of a saxophone?

The person playing the saxophone blows air across the single reed, which vibrates to create the sound and control the airflow. There are two things that control the pitch of a saxophone. When more air is blown in, the reed vibrates more slowly and lowers the pitch.

How does the reed work on a saxophone?

A saxophone reed (all by itself) looks like this: The player puts this onto the saxophone mouthpiece and adjusts it to just the right angle so that the player can squeeze the reed with his mouth while blowing, to make it vibrate. The saxophone (instrument) amplifies and modifies the sound to what you expect to hear.

How are high notes played on a saxophone?

The cutoff frequency and the conical shape together limit the ability to play high notes on the saxophone, unless the player uses his/her vocal tract as a resonator instead. The stiffness of the reed is another: a saxophone will only play notes with frequencies lower than the natural frequency of the reed.

How is the acoustic response of a saxophone measured?

The saxophone is a ‘closed’ pipe. The acoustic response of wind instruments is often quantified using the acoustic impedance spectrum, which we discuss below. This specifies how hard it is to make air vibrate at a given frequency, or what acoustic pressure is produced by air vibration at a given frequency.