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The Interactions Between Wind Instruments and their Players

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To play a wind instrument well, the player controls several elements in the player-instrument system, beginning with the source of pressurised air in the lungs. The bore of the instrument is a resonant duct whose geometry is controlled by the player's fingers via keys, valves or a slide. At the mouthpiece the player controls several parameters of a nonlinear element (which is an air jet, reed or the player's lips) that produces sustained oscillations. Upstream from this valve is a second resonant duct–the player's vocal tract–whose geometry is also controlled. This paper gives an overview of the interactions of these elements and how they are controlled by the player.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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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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