The Physics of Music
Lloyd Loar explains how violin bridges work and how energy is sent to the soundboard.
The Physics of Music
How violins, guitars, mandolins, and banjos produce sound.
Lloyd Loar explains how violin bridges work and how energy is sent to the soundboard.
Roger Siminoff

The Physics of Music

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The Physics of Music is a lab notebook from Professor Lloyd Loar's last class on musical acoustics at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in the summer of 1943. It was prepared by one of Loar's students, and the text and images have been faithfully reproduced. The notebook Includes 11 lectures on musical acoustics, vibrations of strings, resonance, "The Three Characteristics of Sound," ideals of tuned air chambers, and much more. And, the text includes supplementary notes by Roger Siminoff to help clarify certain terms and descriptions. The original illustrations were scanned to ensure that the drawings were as close as possible to what Loar may have chalked on the board. Lloyd Loar (1886-1943) was a prominent musician and was the genius behind the development of Gibson's F5 mandolin, H5 mandola, L5 guitar, and the company's Mastertone banjo line. A wonderful treatise on the acoustics of acoustic string instruments. Spiral bound, 44 pages.