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Blowing Pressures in Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe and Saxophone

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Blowing pressures were measured in the mouth cavity of two professional players of each of four reed woodwinds, Bb clarinet, alto saxophone, oboe, and bassoon. The players performed three different tasks: (1) a series of isolated tones at four dynamic levels, (2) the same series with crescendo-diminuendo tones and (3) ascending-descending arpeggio sequences played legato at different dynamic levels. The results show that, within instruments, the players' pressures exhibit similar dependencies of pitch and dynamic levels. Between instruments, clear differences were found with regard to both pressure ranges and dependence on pitch.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 1999

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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