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How brass instruments work - Al Cannon


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What gives the trumpet its clarion ring and the tuba its gut shaking oompah-pah? And what makes the trombone so jazzy? Al Cannon shows how these answers lie not in the brass the instruments are made of, but in the journey that air takes from the musician’s lungs to the instrument’s bell.

The escaping air meets resistance from the lip muscles, which forms a hole called the _____, and creates the vibration that brass players call the buzz.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Al Cannon
  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Composer Carlos Palomares
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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