The Physics of the Saxophone

The saxophone, a member of the woodwind family, produces sound through a combination of reed vibration and acoustic resonance. Here's a breakdown of the physics involved:

1. The Reed:

  • The sound starts with the reed, a thin piece of cane attached to the mouthpiece.
  • When the player blows air through the mouthpiece, the air pressure causes the reed to vibrate rapidly.
  • The vibrating reed creates pulses of air pressure that travel into the body of the instrument.
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