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The Violin Explained : Components, Mechanism, and Sound - James Beament

The Violin Explained

Components, Mechanism, and Sound

Paperback Published: 1st December 2000
ISBN: 9780198167396
Number Of Pages: 264

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There are more curious beliefs about the violin than any other instrument. Physicists have now discovered how the violin family produce their sound, but this knowledge is not generally accessible to players and makers. In this book, now available in paperback, Sir James Beament, a distinguished scientist with a livelong involvement with musical instruments, explains, without asssuming any scientific background, how strings vibrate, and the role played by the bow, bridge, and body in producing sound. Those discoveries do not give a satisfactory explanation of what we hear, and the core of the book explains how the sound relates to the sensations it produces. This leads to the conclusion that most of the myths about violins are groundless, but also that nothing can be achieved by applying modern technology to making or playing. Practical advice on strings, maintenance, purchase and children's instruments completes the discussion.

`...a comprehensive look at what is known about the mechanics of the violin family. In a very readable and non-mathematical style he explains the nature of sound production...and confronts the question of tone assessment. Professor Beament's book is a refreshing read full of information which goes a long way to filling a distinct gap in the market.' The Strad

List of Figures 1: Sound and Vibration 2: The Vibration of Strings 3: The Bridge, Soundpost, and Tailpiece 4: The Violin Body 5: Resonance and Response 6: Hearing String Sound 7: Under the Ear and Far Away 8: The Bow 9: How Glue Works 10: Varnish and Varnishing 11: Real Strings 12: Purchase, Maintenance, and Children's Instruments Further Reading of Several Kinds Index

ISBN: 9780198167396
ISBN-10: 0198167393
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38