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The Physics of Musical Instruments

  • Neville H. Fletcher
  • Thomas D. Rossing

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Vibrating Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 3-33
    3. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 34-69
    4. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 70-101
    5. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 102-132
    6. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 133-151
  3. Sound Waves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 155-170
    3. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 171-189
    4. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 190-235
  4. String Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 239-271
    3. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 272-330
    4. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 331-351
    5. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 352-398
  5. Wind Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 401-428
    3. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 429-460
    4. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 461-502
    5. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 503-551
    6. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 552-580
  6. Percussion Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 581-581
    2. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 583-622
    3. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 623-648
    4. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 649-674
    5. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 675-707
  7. Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 709-709
    2. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing
      Pages 711-734
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 735-756

About this book

Introduction

When we wrote the first edition of this book, we directed our presenta­ tion to the reader with a compelling interest in musical instruments who has "a reasonable grasp of physics and who is not frightened by a little mathematics." We are delighted to find how many such people there are. The opportunity afforded by the preparation of this second edition has allowed us to bring our discussion up to date by including those new insights that have arisen from the work of many dedicated researchers over the past decade. We have also taken the opportunity to revise our presentation of some aspects of the subject to make it more general and, we hope, more immediately accessible. We have, of course, corrected any errors that have come to our attention, and we express our thanks to those friends who pointed out such defects in the early printings of the first edition. We hope that this book will continue to serve as a guide, both to those undertaking research in the field and to those who simply have a deep interest in the subject. June 1991 N.H.F and T.D.R.

Keywords

Dulcimer Gong Harp Horn Pi Piano Tar Vibration Wave

Authors and affiliations

  • Neville H. Fletcher
    • 1
  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 2
  1. 1.Research School of Physical Sciences and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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