Blown bottle

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A German music group, GlasBlasSing Quintett [de], performs on blown bottles.

A blown bottle is a musical instrument that produces sound when the musician blows air over the bottle opening.[1][2]

Blown bottles generate sound by utilizing a vibrating column of air.[3] The bottles may be tuned by adding water or sand to the vessel.[4]

Blown bottles, like the musical jug, are sometimes used by performers of folk music.[5] The blown bottle is assigned to note number 76 (or 77, for numbering starting with 1) in the General MIDI specification.[6]

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  2. ^ McGregor, Harriet (2010). Sound. The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 17. ISBN 9781615332151.
  3. ^ Rossing, Thomas D.; Wheeler, Paul A.; Moore, F. Richard; Wesley, Addison (2002). The science of sound. p. 264. ISBN 9780805385656.
  4. ^ Hopkin, Bart (1996). Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Making. See Sharp Press. p. 65. ISBN 9781884365089.
  5. ^ Alvey, R. Gerald (1992). "Folk Instruments". In Kleber, John E. (ed.). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 335. ISBN 9780813117720.
  6. ^ Rothstein, Joseph (1995). Midi: A Comprehensive Introduction. A-R Editions, Inc. p. 57. ISBN 9780895793096.