Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tone vs. Sound

OK, I'm going out on a limb here.

We often use the terms "tone" and "sound" interchangeably.

For me, someone's sound seems to have more components than than just the timbre of the sound waves emanating from their bell.

What do you think of this diagram?













Why the question mark by vibrato? I think vibrato plays a role in phrasing as well. Some players incorporate it as a fundamental component of the sound, others employ it more to move a phrase along. Vibrato seems to live in both worlds.

I invite all comments/criticisms.

"Note Shape" refers to the degree of attack at the front of a note as well as the kind taper at the end of a note.

1 comment:

John Bailey said...

I like this categorization. Maybe articulation, too? Vibrato in rhythm can articulate. Intonation can vary through a note like shape, as a singer in certain styles may gliss into or away from the center. Listening to someone like Fontana manipulate these elements brings tears. And perhaps a players rhythmic sense also belongs? Some players leave a much stronger sense of time behind them than others. Strip out all the harmonic elements, and it seems some players could be identified by their rhythmic sense alone.