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The physics of musical instruments

Author: Neville H Fletcher; Thomas D Rossing
Publisher: New York : Springer, 1998, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Although the history of musical instruments is nearly as old as civilization itself, the science of acoustics is quite recent. By understanding the physical basis of how instruments are used to make music, one hopes ultimately to be able to give physical criteria to distinguish a fine instrument from a mediocre one. For many musical instruments it is only within the past few years that musical acoustics has  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neville H Fletcher; Thomas D Rossing
ISBN: 0387983740 9780387983745 0387983759 9780387983752 9781441931207 1441931201
OCLC Number: 37742255
Description: xix, 756 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Vibrating Systems --
1. Free and Forced Vibrations of Simple Systems --
2. Continuous Systems in One Dimension: Strings and Bars --
3. Two-Dimensional Systems: Membranes, Plates, and Shells --
4. Coupled Vibrating Systems --
5. Nonlinear Systems --
II. Sound Waves --
6. Sound Waves in Air --
7. Sound Radiation --
8. Pipes, Horns and Cavities --
III. String Instruments --
9. Guitars and Lutes --
10. Bowed String Instruments --
11. Harps, Harpsichords, Clavichords, and Dulcimers --
12. The Piano --
IV. Wind Instruments --
13. Sound Generation by Reed and Lip Vibrations --
14. Lip-Driven Brass Instruments --
15. Woodwind Reed Instruments --
16. Flutes and Flue Organ Pipes --
17. Pipe Organs --
V. Percussion Instruments --
18. Drums --
19. Mallet Percussion Instruments --
20. Cymbals, Gongs, Plates, and Steel Drums --
21. Bells --
VI. Materials --
22. Materials for Musical Instruments.
Responsibility: Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing.

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