Does temperature affect a musical instrument's sound? Scientific American has the answer...

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Baba Black Sheep's picture
Baba Black Sheep says:

Yes. It can make the inside of a brass instrument foggy. It can effect the strings on string instruments, etc.

posted on Fri, 06/15/2007 - 5:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Different temperatures can make a woodwind go either sharp or flat.

posted on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 5:05pm
DJ Eclypse's picture
DJ Eclypse says:

Humidity affects the tightness of strings and tones of brass instruments, which results in changes of pitch and other tone aspects.

posted on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 3:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The air being too hot or too cold causes sound to travel differently so it makes an instrument either sharp or flat depending on the type of instrument and in what way the air tempreture changes (either hot or cold).

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 3:48pm
Saxophone Lover's picture
Saxophone Lover says:

It definatly causes my instrument to play differently

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 11:52am
Klay's picture
Klay says:

Temperature can cause the strings on a stringed intrument, such as a violin or piano, to expand or contract causing the sound go sharp or flat.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 3:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It makes the bridge of a violin expand and contract, therefore affecting the vibration of the strings.

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 5:26pm
Willboard's picture
Willboard says:

It makes the bridge of a violin expand and contract, therefore affecting the vibration of the strings..

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 1:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like the sound of the ocean on a black, midnight hour.

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 1:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like the sound of a flute when the temp. is below freezing

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 1:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

eric fryc says he likes the sound of when you rub two pickles together

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 1:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love the sound of bells in summer.

posted on Fri, 02/15/2008 - 2:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow bells sure are amazing. I think that making bells are swell for making sounds. espesialy cow bells. why, I think that bells make a perfect ring tone. So I think that I am going to be a bell maker. I love cows I go cow tipping every friday. I play cowbell in a band

posted on Fri, 02/15/2008 - 4:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, because when an instrument gets warmer, the material it is made out of gets bigger and the soundwaves have more space, therefore making a lower (flatter) sound

posted on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 11:21am

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