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Resonance and sound

Summary

This lesson describes how resonance reinforces sound waves that match the natural frequencies of a system, such as a pipe with open or closed ends. In this lesson you will investigate resonance in wine glasses, pipes, and stretched strings, and learn how the particular mix of harmonics and their attack and decay times determine the characteristic sound—the timbre—of a musical instrument.
Resonance and sound

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