ERIC Number: EJ1130944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Twenty-Four Tuba Harmonics Using a Single Pipe Length
Holmes, Bud; Ruiz, Michael J.
Physics Education, v52 n2 Article 025005 Mar 2017
Harmonics arise naturally from the resonances in strings and pipes. A video demonstration (Ruiz 2016 "YouTube: Tuba Harmonics" (https://youtu.be/souhEzOP9c4)) is provided where a tubist (coauthor Holmes) produces a phenomenal 24 harmonics using a single tuba pipe length by controlling the buzz of his lips. The frequencies of the harmonics, measured with the free software program Audacity, fall excellently on a linear fit using a spreadsheet. The skillful musical production of so many harmonics with a fixed pipe length is an extraordinary illustration of physics.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Musical Instruments, Computer Software, Spreadsheets, Music
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