Questionnaire: The Sound of Airflow and its Use in Wind Instrument Playing

This is the second guest article, written by PhD student Matthias Heyne from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is working on a relevant and interesting project, so please take a minute and help him out by taking the questionnaire.

Matthias Heyne tromboneFirst of all I would like to thank Anders Larson for sharing my link on his website!

This questionnaire is an exploratory study for my PhD project at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and with it, I hope to find out how widespread the conscious use of the sound produced by airflow is among players of all kinds of wind instruments (audibly blowing out or inhaling while someone else is playing).

The questionnaire comprises a total of 17 questions and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete; if you have not experienced the use of the sound of airflow you will probably finish much faster but I’d be very grateful if you still did this so I can get a realistic picture of the application of the concept. It is also possible to stop answering the questionnaire and return to it later by clicking the “Save and continue later” button.

Link to the questionnaire

I would be really grateful if you took the time to complete this survey. If you should have more to say on any of the questions raised (or others I didn’t come up with!) please do contact me at or or reach out to me through my Facebook profile. Please share this post with other wind players you know so I can get an amazing number of responses!

I also have another questionnaire open that deals with The Influence of First Language on Playing Brass Instruments, take it here.


Matthias Heyne