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  •  True enough (1+ / 0-)
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    Although I would say that the term standing waves provides a little more detail.

    •  Yeah, but dammit Jim, I'm a bassoonist not a (1+ / 0-)
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      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 08:34:30 PM PDT

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      •  What you hear is certainly a sine wave (1+ / 0-)
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        That is the sound reaching your ears.  Your fingerings force the instrument to generate a resonant standing wave at the pitch that we hear.  The extra little standing waves that are also generated which are peculiar to the bassoon are what make it sound different than say a double bass.

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