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I know they can't make different frequencies of sound with the same piece of wood and drums don't have notes in the traditional sense Incorrect. There are wooden percussive instruments with defined pitch sounds e.g. marimba. I also don't understand why you believe you can't get different frequencies from the same object. Depending on where and how you hit ...


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Different pieces of wood can make different pitches. Think of a xylophone or marimba. The same piece of wood hit in different locations can make different pitches. (Hit me with a practical musical example, someone?) Sometimes you get a distinct pitch. Sometimes just a thud. (But knocking on a small door sounds different to knocking on a large one - yes?)...


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