Music Acoustics: Basics

Some basic questions about the science of music are listed here. There is also a non-specialist Frequently Asked Questions in music acoustics on this site.

General topics

String topics

Woodwind topics

Brass topics and lip-reed topics

Percussion topics

  • For now, the only page we have on percussion is about the acoustics of bell plates. However, this introduces some of the main points applicable to vibrating bars and plates.

Voice topics

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