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From Faraday to Fender - The Physics of the Electric Guitar

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Slides from my session on guitar physics at Barcamp London 8.

Slides from my session on guitar physics at Barcamp London 8.

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  • 1. From to The Physics of the Electric Guitar @dylanbeattie
  • 2. A Note on String TheoryA Note on String Theory BOTTOM STRING (nearest your chin) TOP STRING (nearest your toes)
  • 3. TWANG.TWANG. (also know as “simple harmonic motion”)
  • 4. WHY IT SOUNDS NICE.WHY IT SOUNDS NICE. (also know as “upper harmonics”)
  • 5. TUNING 1: TensionTUNING 1: Tension
  • 6. TUNING 2: Scale LengthTUNING 2: Scale Length
  • 7. 0.9438743126816982...0.9438743126816982...
  • 8. Temper, TemperTemper, Temper http://www.truetemperament.com/
  • 9. TUNING 3: String GaugeTUNING 3: String Gauge 0.048” 0.038” 0.028” 0.018” 0.014” 0.011” Regular Electric Guitar Four-String Bass Guitar 0.105” 0.085” 0.065” 0.045”
  • 10. Fleming’s Right Hand RuleFleming’s Right Hand Rule
  • 11. Fleming’s Left Hand RuleFleming’s Left Hand Rule
  • 12. Van Halen Just Plain RULESVan Halen Just Plain RULES
  • 13. Vibrations and Coils and Magnets,Vibrations and Coils and Magnets, Oh My!Oh My!
  • 14. It Goes Up To ElevenIt Goes Up To Eleven
  • 15. The Power ChordThe Power Chord (aka “non-linear harmonic transforms”) http://images.mix.com.au/2010/07/27/436366/Angus-Young.jpg
  • 16. The BendThe Bend http://www.thefrontloader.com/2009/02/11/gratuitous-guitar-face- 76/
  • 17. See Also: The Whammy BarSee Also: The Whammy Bar http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Floyd_rose_principle.png
  • 18. The Dive-BombThe Dive-Bomb http://www.flickr.com/photos/43908441@N00/119125211/
  • 19. The Bad HorsieWailThe Bad HorsieWail http://www.flickr.com/photos/43908441@N00/119125211/
  • 20. http://www.last.fm/music/The+Edge/+images/520607
  • 21. The Big Finish.The Big Finish.