The Physics of Musical Instruments – Fletcher and Rossing – 2nd Edition


When we wrote the first edition of this , we directed our presentation to the reader with a compelling interest in musical instruments who has “a reasonable grasp of and who is not frightened by a little .” We are delighted to find how many such people there are.

The opportunity afforded by the of this second edition has allowed us to bring our discussion up to date by 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 have a deep interest in the subject. June 1991 N.H.F and T.D.R.

Table of Content

Part I: Vibrating Systems

  1. Free and Forced Vibrations of Simple Systems

  2. Continuous Systems in One Dimension: Strings and Bars

  3. Two-Dimensional Systems: Membranes, Plates, and Shells

  4. Coupled Vibrating Systems

  5. Nonlinear Systems

Part II: Sound Waves

  1. Sound Waves in Air

  2. Sound Radiation

  3. Pipes, Horns, and Cavities

Part III: String Instruments

  1. Guitars and Lutes

  2. Bowed String Instruments

  3. Harps, Harpsicords, Clavicords, and Dulcimers

  4. The Piano

Part IV: Wind Instruments

  1. Sound generation by Reed and Lip Vibrations

  2. Lip-driven Brass Instruments

  3. Woodwind Reed Instruments

  4. Flutes and Flue Organ Pipes

  5. Pipe Organs

Part V: Percussion Instruments

  1. Drums

  2. Mallet Percussion Instruments

  3. Cymbals, Gongs, Plates, and Steel Drums

  4. Bells

Part VI: Materials
  1. Materials for Musical Instruments

Name Index
Subject Index.

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