Pitch & Resonance, Simplified
Do you get confused about the differences between pitch and resonance? Read on to learn more about sound!
Pitch comes from the larynx/vocal folds
Pitch is the sound source
Pitch is what you think of as a musical note
We hear pitch as how high or low the sound is
The yellow structure highlights the larynx
Every space above the larynx in this picture is involved in resonance
Resonance is the sound quality
Resonance is how the size and shape of the vocal tract, the tongue position, and the degree of mouth opening filters the source sound into the complex sound we hear as speech
Resonance changes the quality of sound in the same way different musical instruments change the sound qualities of the same musical note- like a cello versus a violin.
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