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accompaniment is a big part of singing. Most of the time when
singer performs, he or she is accompanied by one or
more musicians playing musical instruments. As a singer it is important
to have basic knowledge
about musical instruments even if you are not an instrumentalist.
several ways to divide the different types of musical instruments. For
purpose here, I shall divide them by the way they generate sound.
- generate a sound when a
column of air is made to vibrate inside them.The frequency of the wave
generated is related
to the length of the column of air and the shape of the instrument,
while the tone
quality of the sound generated is affected by the construction of the
instrument and method of tone production.
- create sound, with
or without pitch, when struck. The shape and material of the part of
instrument to be struck and the shape of the resonating cavity, if any,
determine the sound of the instrument.
- generate a sound when
the string is plucked, strummed, slapped, etc. The frequency of the
generated (and therefore the note produced) usually depends on the
the vibrating portion of the string, its mass, the tension of each
the point at which the string is excited; the tone quality varies with
construction of the resonating cavity.