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The human instrument

In a wind instrument the variation is by the airflow and the length of the column of vibrating air. In speech, as well as adjusting for pitch, we can adjust the shape of the column, the size of the resonator, and whether or not the vocal cords are vibrating. More adjustment than with any instrument. We think of vowels and consonants. But we adjust the muscles according to the sounds we want – as though there were keys for each adjustment.

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