musette n : a small bagpipe formerly popular in France [syn: shepherd's pipe]
- For the smaller version of the oboe sometimes also called "musette," see piccolo oboe.
Musette can refer to several things:
- The tuning used in accordions, also called "wet" tuning, where two or more sets of reeds are tuned slightly off pitch from each other, giving a vibrato effect. True musette tuning uses three reeds, one "on pitch", one slightly below, and one slightly above; however, many accordions only use two sets of reeds tuned slightly apart from one other. The degree of "wetness" is determined by how far apart the reeds are tuned. Musette can also mean a register setting of two middle reeds together (two "clarinet" reeds equaling a "violin" reed) plus a higher octave reed, producing a pleasant, bright sound that is associated with French accordion music.