Computational Mechanics of the Classical Guitar / Edition 1

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Overview

Computational Mechanics of the Classical Guitar describes a new dynamic paradigm in instrument acoustics based on time-dependent transient analysis and simulation of complete musical instruments. It describes the current state of theoretical and experimental research into the guitar for engineers, instrument makers and musicians. This includes a summary of the basic equations for the mechanics of vibrating bodies and a presentation of the FDM (finite difference method) model with which the true vibrational behaviour of the instrument as an entire system can be understood for the first time. This monograph presents various new theoretical and experimental results and insights into guitar playing such as the coupling between the strings and the top plate or a description of the finger noise made when the fingers slide over the strings before plucking.

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"Dr. Bader’s book would be of keen interest to … those who are interested in complex boundary element methods in acoustics and computational modelling. It may also be ideal for acousticians involved in uncovering the secrets of the mystical geometries of the classical guitar … . The book includes 65 figures and illustrations and addresses many areas of practical interest related to the guitar … . my impression is that the book is a broad and accessible text on the dynamics of the guitar." (Salem Hertil, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 11 (3), 2006)

“The book in question is part of this type of research work and gives an accurate, detailed analysis of the structural components of a classical guitar, proposing mathematical models featuring various levels of complexity. … even luthiers, with the aid of skilled input, might find this book interesting with a view to obtaining useful suggestions that could help them improve prototype development.”­­­ (Bruno Pizzigoni, Meccanica, Vol. 45, August, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540251361
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 12/22/2005
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

The Musical Transient-Modeling Software MTMS Developed for this Study.- Continuous and Discrete Mechanics.- Studies of the Guitar To Date.- The Discrete Guitar Model.- Bending, Damping and Coupling.- Results.- Summary and Outlook.

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