A trumpet makes sound when the musician makes a buzzing sound while blowing air through closed lips and into the mouthpiece. The air causes a standing wave vibration in the air column inside of the trumpet, which travels... More »

Acoustic scientists discovered that 3,000-year-old conch shells used as trumpets make a haunting and droning sound. Trumpets made of metal, such as bronze and silver, produce a buzzing vibration occurring inside the inst... More »

The length of a standard B-flat trumpet is about 19.5 inches with a variance of no greater than a half inch. The total length of the tubing, were it to be extended, is approximately 54 inches. It is bent into curves to a... More »

The clarinet produces sound by blowing air across a reed, into the mouthpiece, down through the body of the instrument and by pressing keys or covering holes on the instrument to change notes. The notes change in this ma... More »

A flute works by blowing air across the mouthpiece, which creates vibrations that make the sound. The musician makes different notes by covering the holes in the flute. More »

The harp produces sound when its strings are plucked, causing the strings to vibrate and move air through space. The strings are attached to a soundboard, which also vibrates and moves air, resulting in audible sound wav... More »

Flutes are reedless instruments that produce sound from the flow of air across a hole in a cylindrical tube. Reed instruments produce sound by focusing air into a mouthpiece that causes a reed to vibrate. More »