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The Science of String Instruments

  • Thomas D. Rossing

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 1-10
  3. Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 11-18
  4. Thomas D. Rossing, Graham Caldersmith
    Pages 19-45
  5. Octavio Inacio
    Pages 47-57
  6. James Rae
    Pages 59-75
  7. David J. Cohen, Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 77-98
  8. Andres Peekna, Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 99-122
  9. Neville H. Fletcher, Carey Beebe
    Pages 123-143
  10. Chris Waltham
    Pages 145-166
  11. Robert M. Williamson
    Pages 167-171
  12. Shigeru Yoshikawa
    Pages 173-195
  13. Thomas D. Rossing, Roger J. Hanson
    Pages 197-208
  14. Joseph Curtin, Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 209-244
  15. Eric Bynum, Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 245-257
  16. Anders Askenfelt
    Pages 259-277
  17. Knut Guettler
    Pages 279-299
  18. Murray Campbell, Patsy Campbell
    Pages 301-315
  19. Thomas D. Rossing
    Pages 347-352

About this book


Many performing musicians, as well as instrument builders, are coming to realize the importance of understanding the science of musical instruments. This book explains how string instruments produce sound. It presents basic ideas in simple language, and it also translates some more sophisticated ideas in non-technical language. It should be of interest to performers, researchers, and instrument makers alike.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Computer Research in Music &, Acoustics (CCRMA)Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

About the editors

Tom Rossing has taught musical acoustics for nearly 50 years, and has been active in research in this area for at least 30 years. In 1992 he was awarded the Silver Medal in Musical Acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America, and his biography is included in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He is also the editor of the 2006 Springer Handbook of Acoustics. In 2009 he was awarded the ASA Gold Medal by the Acoustical Society of America for contributions to musical acoustics, leadership in science education, and service to the Society.

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