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Physics of a Saxophone

  1. May 16, 2010 #1
    I am curious, what are the physics involved in playing a sax? Is each note (frequency) played a standing wave in the pipe?

    I know there is something dealing with waves in tubes of air, maybe even the reed.
    What I'm looking for here is just some general info of the real physics behind playing a woodwind instrument.

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  3. May 17, 2010 #2
    Yes you produce standing waves in the tube. The reed helps you to excite the oscillations.
  4. May 17, 2010 #3


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    Totally brilliant Australian website …

    http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/saxacoustics.html" [Broken] :wink:
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