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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000445.txt from 1997/09

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: FW: vibrations - oh not again!
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 1997 16:06:15 -0400 only have convince Jonathan that there is more to your
perception than somthing that is entirely subjective! When does it become
factual - with expensive measuring devices? If a car is blue, do we need
a scientific way to measure what kind of blue it is, or can we agree that
some shades of blue are preferred over others by a significant number of
people? What Daniel says below is excellent....but he may have trouble
convincing some of the objectivity of such a belief.

Roger Garrett

On Tue, 9 Sep 1997 wrote:

> I have noticed that in discussions about musical instruments, and wind
> instruments in particular, people (musicians) are often unwilling to recognize
> the fact that they experience the instrument and its tonal qualities quite
> differently from their audience. IMHO, most of the discussions on tone quality
> stem from this oversight. The path through which the sound is perceived is
> totally different from that through which the audience perceives it, hence the
> huge difference. Add to that the weight of the instruments, the sculpting of the
> keys, the vibration of the air through tone-holes,etc... and you will appreciate
> there is more to an instrument (from the musicians point of view) than just
> plain sound.

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