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Pickers' Guide to Acoustics of the Banjo, parts I and II

Politzer, David and Woodhouse, Jim and Mansour, Hossein (2021) Pickers' Guide to Acoustics of the Banjo, parts I and II. . (Unpublished)

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The results of an investigation of fundamental banjo acoustics and physics are now readily available. The papers describe measurements and calculations which demonstrate the extent to which the sound of a banjo can be represented by linear modeling of the basic parts common to the banjo family: strings, drum head, light floating bridge, and break angle. This note summarizes the conclusions of that work and outlines some of the physics involved. While the scrutinized banjo behaviors are well-known to discerning builders and pickers, the focus here is how these arise from the physics. A practical application (discussed in an addendum) concerns head tap-tuning: what’s going on, how it works, and why some people and some tuners can’t get it right.

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Deposited By: H. Politzer
Deposited On:08 Apr 2021 18:15
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