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Here is an original and exciting look at the fascinating world of sound and music. Real-life photographs of instruments ranging from zithers and panpipes to electric guitars and synthesizers offer a unique view of ancient and contemporary music.

Text and pictures introduce musical instruments from early times to the present--from pipes and flutes to electronic synthesizers.

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Overview

Here is an original and exciting look at the fascinating world of sound and music. Real-life photographs of instruments ranging from zithers and panpipes to electric guitars and synthesizers offer a unique view of ancient and contemporary music.

Text and pictures introduce musical instruments from early times to the present--from pipes and flutes to electronic synthesizers.

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Gr 4-7-- Four more subject-surveys, in a handsome picture series, that will catch youthful imaginations with their wide-ranging selections of fascinating items, beautifully photographed. Topics are developed in two- to four-page groupings, with cross-references and an index--and browsers will find themselves caught and drawn into the flow. Music traces families of instruments and discusses the physics of sound with diagrams and cut-aways. From a 40,000-year-old bone whistle to components of an electric guitar, there are wonderful photos of ancient harps, bagpipes, pianos, and oriental instruments. Shell prods children to think about cases, whether egg, husk, or skull, but deals mostly with mollusks, urchins, and crustaceans. Early Humans shows early human fossils, and pictures selective topics (e.g., art, magic, tools, writing) for the human family up through the Iron Age. Examples come from Africa, Europe, the Americas, early China, the Near East, and Australia. Mammal explores that class in terms of its attributes, evolution, and variety of adapted forms. Photos of the bones of a seal's flipper, an elephant's foot, a panda's jaw, and a close-up of a whale's baleen are sure to appeal to children. While scale is infrequently given, relative sizes of objects are usually clear. A good source for often-asked-for and hard-to-find illustrations, this series could find a place in any library. --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Pub . Lib .
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  • ISBN-13: 9780751347548
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 8/29/2002

Table of Contents

Seeing sound 6
Wind tunnels 8
Pipes and flutes 10
Vibrating reeds 12
Long-lasting hybrids 14
Bags of sound 16
Piped music 18
Beginning of brass 20
Blazing brass 22
Curly horns and big tubas 24
Breaking the silence 26
Early and unusual strings 28
The violin family 30
Making a violin 32
Harps and lyres 34
From pears to whole fishes 36
From gourd to board 38
Indian string 40
Creating a guitar 42
Keynotes 44
Grand and upright 46
Musical impact 48
Rhythm and ritual 50
On the beat 52
Appeal of percussion 54
Clang, crash, bang 56
Electrifying music 58
Rock guitars 60
Machine music 62
Index 64
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