Music (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

Music (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

by Neil Ardley


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Music (DK Eyewitness Books Series) by Neil Ardley

Here is an original and exciting look at the fascinating world of sound and music. Superb real-life photographs of instruments ranging from zithers and panpipes to electric guitars and synthesizers offer a unique "eyewitness" view of ancient and contemporary music. See how strings vibrate to make a note sound, how an invisible "column" of air sounds a pipe, which instrument resembles a peacock, and how sousaphone players wear their instruments. Learn who invented an important new key system, how to master the bagpipes, why pipe organs have "ears" and "mouths", and why French horns are "doubled up". Discover how a vegetable gourd charms snakes, why tangled fingers led to the invention of the piano, why spiders add a "buzz" to xylophones, where reindeer toe-bones were used as whistles, and much, much more!
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756607098
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 412,110
Product dimensions: 8.88(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Neil Ardley was an English composer and author. At Bristol University he studied chemistry, piano, and saxophone in equal measure, and after graduating he wrote more than 100 books on music, technology, and science, including 101 Great Science Experiments, Eyewitness: Music, and How Things Work. By the time of his retirement he had sold around 10 million books. He died in 2004.

Table of Contents

Seeing sound6
Wind tunnels8
Pipes and flutes10
Vibrating reeds12
Long-lasting hybrids14
Bags of sound16
Piped music18
Beginning of brass20
Blazing brass22
Curly horns and big tubas24
Breaking the silence26
Early and unusual strings28
The violin family30
Making a violin32
Harps and lyres34
From pears to whole fishes36
From gourd to board38
Indian string40
Creating a guitar42
Grand and upright46
Musical impact48
Rhythm and ritual50
On the beat52
Appeal of percussion54
Clang, crash, bang56
Electrifying music58
Rock guitars60
Machine music62
Did you know?64
Who's who66
Find out more68

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