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

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