String Instrument Acoustics

As we will see in this and subsequent sections, most musical instruments can be analyzed in terms of three principle acoustic components: a waveguide, an output filtering system, and an energy input mechanism. The corresponding elements of a general string instrument are its strings, body, and plucking, striking, or bowing techniques, respectively.

The String as a Waveguide

String Energy Input Mechanisms

  1. The Plucked String:

  2. The Struck String:

  3. The Bowed String:

The Violin Body

  1. Air and Wood Modes:

  2. Tuning Top and Back Plates:

  3. The Bridge:

Other Stringed Instruments

  1. Guitars:

  2. Electric Guitars:

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