The Science of String Instruments / Edition 1

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Overview

This book will be a non-technical book on string instruments that includes some technical information as well. The emphasis will be on the practical understanding of string instruments, with the interests of performers and instrument builders in the forefront. Authors of the chapters will be musicians, scientists, and instrument designers and builders with practical experience. The mathematics will be kept as simple as possible by translating ideas from the language of physics (mathematics) to non-mathematical language. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the design and construction of string instruments. Following the structure of the author’s successful Science of Percussion Instruments (World Scientific, 2000), technical ideas will be presented as "interludes." Readers who wish to go beyond the simple ideas in this book can easily follow the references to more scientific books and to the original scientific literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441971098
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/10/2010
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Rossing has taught musical acoustics for nearly 50 years, and has been active in research in this area for at least 30 years. In 1992 he was awarded the Silver Medal in Musical Acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America, and his biography is included in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He is also the editor of the 2006 Springer Handbook of Acoustics. In 2009 he was awarded the ASA Gold Medal by the Acoustical Society of America for contributions to musical acoustics, leadership in science education, and service to the Society.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Plucked Strings
3. Guitars and Lutes
4. Portuguese Guitar
5. Banjo
6. Mandolin Family Instruments
7. Psalteries and Zithers
8. Harpsichord and Clavichord
9. The Harp
10. The Burmese Arched Harp
11. Plucked String Instruments in Asia
12. Bowed Strings
13. Violin
14. Cello
15. Double Bass
16. Bows, Strings, and Bowing
17. Viols and Other Historic Bowed String Instruments
18. The Hutchins-Schelleng Violin Octet after 50 Years
19. Hammered Strings
20. Some Remarks on the Acoustics of the Piano
21. The Hammered Dulcimer
22. The Electric Guitar and Violin
23. Virtual String Synthesis

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