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free vibration

the vibration of a structure that occurs at its natural frequency, as opposed to a forced vibration
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  • If the gas possesses no inertia then it cannot vibrate, for some inertia is necessary for the free vibration.

  • Any tension there interferes with the free vibration which is essential for strong and resonant tone.

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  • The so-called "nasal twang" that sounds so unpleasant is a mouth tone prevented from free vibration through the nose.

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  • Whatever hinders the free vibration of tones makes displeasing impressions of the speaker.

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