Voices and strings: Close cousins or not?
It is obvious that the singing voice and the strings not are close cousins, as long as we restrict our comparison to external properties like the sound generating mechanisms or the appearance of the bodies. However, at the same time as there are large differences with regard to how the sound is generated and controlled, there are indeed some striking similarities in the output from the two instruments which justifies a formal cousin-ship. In particular, they both seem to possess a remarkable freedom in the shaping of the sounds.
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