Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Musical InstrumentsHistory, Technology, and Performance of Instruments of Western Music$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Murray Campbell, Clive Greated, and Arnold Myers

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198165040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198165040.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 January 2019

Stringed Instruments Played with a Bow

Stringed Instruments Played with a Bow

Chapter:
(p.232) 8 Stringed Instruments Played with a Bow
Source:
Musical Instruments
Author(s):

Murray Campbell

Clive Greated

Arnold Myers

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198165040.003.0008

This chapter describes the acoustical principles underlying the functioning of bowed stringed instruments. It also discusses the stick-slip interaction between the bow hair and the string, the importance of resonances in the body of the instrument and the enclosed air, and the directional pattern of the radiated sound. The historical development of bowed strings from medieval instruments, such as the rebec into the two main families of violins and viols is reviewed, and the 20th-century development of the Hutchins violin octet, is also discussed. The individual members of the violin family — violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass — are described, and the methods currently used in the construction of violins and viols are reviewed. Characteristic techniques used in playing bowed stringed instruments are outlined.

Keywords:   string, stick-slip, resonance, radiation, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, Hutchins

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .