Vienna Talk 2015 on Music Acoustics
“Bridging the Gaps”     16–19 September 2015


Influence of mouthpiece geometry on saxophone playing

Carral, Sandra and Lorenzoni, Valerio 

Proceedings of the Third Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics (2015), pp. 71–77


Saxophonists agree that the detailed geometry of the mouthpiece plays an important role in both playability and sound production of the saxophone. The hypothesis to be tested in this paper is whether there is difference in 1. radiated sound (in terms of spectral centroid and sound pressure level) and in 2. playability when playing mouthpieces with different internal geometries. The results revealed that the radiated sound is scarcely influenced, but that the playability differs significantly depending on the mouthpiece.


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  • Saxophone
  • saxophone mouthpiece geometry
  • saxophone playability

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