What makes a sound good?
What makes a sound bad?
What makes a sound good? It appears from comparing the two characteristic tones
to the poor tones that the instrumentalists made for me that the overtones are more
predictable. In each of the characteristic tones there was a definite pattern to
each of the generatied overtones. They tended to decrease in intensity in successive
overtones without having any unexpected increasing in succeeding overtones.
So what makes a sound bad? If something deviates from the ideal tone described
above, such as there being harmonics that are poorly tuned, a series of overtones that
surround the expected harmonic, or other random sounds that interfere with the sound
then you magically get a poor sound. This can be caused by any interfering vibration
in the vibratory system, including the vibration producer. Thus if your lips vibrate
at different rates of speed, or if your throat is making vibrations that interfere
with the lip vibrations or the standing waves in the horn, then you get a poor sound
coming out of the horn.
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