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Module 3 - Musical Acoustics

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Acoustics  ::   String  ::   Brass  ::   Woodwind  ::   Percussion  ::   Keyboard


Brass instruments are the heart of the concert or marching band, but you will also find them in an orchestra. Members of the brass family include the trumpet, tuba, French horn, and trombone. Brass instruments have a mouth piece, and when played, the player's lips act as a valve. This introduces puffs of air that maintain oscillations of the air column.

To successfully complete this chapter you should...

  • Read chapter 11 in your text book (pages 217 - 236).
  • Carefully study the important concepts about brass instruments.
  • Be able to identify by both sight and sound the instruments in the brass family.
  • Be able to describe the acoustics of the brass family.

Important Concepts

Instruments in the Brass family
French horn

Brass acoustics
Oscillations in a pipe
Impedance curves

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