April 2013

Good Vibrations

Learn the science of sound by watching strings, reeds, and drum heads in action.

This video explains the role each guitar string plays, and a demonstration of how a coupled set of string’s “unison” property effects overall sound fullness while playing chords.

This video highlights the vibration and the oscillation involved with each note played on a guitar using nylon strings.

Brandie Suchevich explains the role a reed has in the sound produced by a clarinet.

Gary Smulyan demonstrates how the use of different reeds affects the overall tonality of a baritone saxophone.

Watching a drum head in slow motion:

Informative video about how drum heads work, their application, differences in sounds/harmonics, and the significance of preparation to its sound.