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If you struggle to learn music theory because of these factors, do not worry, that does not mean it is difficult.
It just means you did not have access to quality material. If you have a well-organized material, divided into modules, advancing the concepts slowly and steadily, with examples and practical explanations in an easy and simple language, you will certainly understand music theory. Most of all, this will make you a better musician! The musician who knows the theory behind the music is way ahead of others.
He knows how to build arrangements, have innovative ideas, knows how to improvise, how to surprise the listener.
Who knows the theory knows the rules of the game. An engineer does not look at a building in the same way that anyone looks. He notes the details, think of solutions, knows whether it is safe or not, have ideas of how to optimize the spaces, and can learn from the design of others.
For the rest of the people, any building is just a building. In the music world is the same thing. Such doubt ends up not being answered. The result is that you accumulate knowledge, but does not understand any of them. And when the books try to explain something, do not care about the prerequisites the student have. It is not useful explaining harmonic fields using the concept of tetrads if the student does not know what a tetrad is.
It is not useful showing arrangements in a sheet music if the student does not know how to read sheet music. If you struggle to learn music theory because of these factors, do not worry, that does not mean it is difficult. It just means you did not have access to quality material. If you have a well-organized material, divided into modules, advancing the concepts slowly and steadily, with examples and practical explanations in an easy and simple language, you will certainly understand music theory.
Most of all, this will make you a better musician! The musician who knows the theory behind the music is way ahead of others. He knows how to build arrangements, have innovative ideas, knows how to improvise, how to surprise the listener.
Who knows the theory knows the rules of the game. An engineer does not look at a building in the same way that anyone looks.
One section which might seem a little long is the section in chapter 3 on calculating the deformation of the neck under string forces. There are relatively few parts of a guitar for which static or dynamic deflections can be calculated using simple analytical methods. The neck is one of these and this section is perhaps more detailed than one would expect so that it can be used as a teaching tool for students who have taken a basic course in strength of materials. Finally, I wanted very much to produce a well-illustrated book and was fortunate to find researchers and instrument makers willing to supply high resolution digital images.
In the hopes that future editions of this or some other book might further contribute to the store of literature available to technicallyinclined luthiers, I would welcome other images that illustrate some potentially interesting aspect of the field. Well, now I know. I offer my thanks to the following people; certainly, this book would never have come to be without them. First, many thanks are due to the people who have so generously shared their knowledge and experience in making guitars.
Both were kind and patient with me when I was new to the field. The whole crew at Taylor Guitars has been wonderful. Bob Taylor has set the standard for opening his factory to visitors. He has said he wants to leave the guitar in a better state than he found it; certainly he has succeeded.
Dave Hosler, a former circus flyer who, through some amazing succession of events, has become one of the sources of innovation at Taylor has been gracious, encouraging and open at all turns. Tim has about as much guitar industry experience as exists in a single human.
Josh has been helpful, enthusiastic and a great source of information on how modern design tools are changing the industry. Kevin Beller at Seymour Duncan has been gracious and supportive. I owe special thanks to Gene Maddux, a friend, colleague and mentor who first suggested to me that the dynamics of guitars might be an interesting thing to study. He not only got me thinking about the subject, but also let me use his photomechanics lab to study the behavior of a number of instruments.
His patience and guidance changed the direction of my career at a time when I had thoughts of giving it up. May every young engineer have such an influence.
Thanks are also due to the faculty and staff at Purdue University for the freedom to do this work and for their continuing support. Additionally, I wish to thank Mike Jacob in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology for taking time to remind this aerospace engineer how to do basic circuit analysis.
Elaine Tham and Lauren Danahy at Springer were helpful and encouraging during the long writing process. I am grateful to Elaine for taking a chance on someone who had never written a book before. Kay Solomon, undergraduate advisor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue and part-time literary goddess, graciously read several drafts of the manuscript and made many helpful suggestions.
She is a bright spot in many lives. Thanks are due also to my anonymous reviewers. They read several drafts of the manuscript and offered many good suggestions. One of the reviewers, in particular, went far beyond the call of duty by providing hand-written comments on complete drafts of the manuscript.
Reviewers provide a necessary an often un-noticed service to the larger technical community; more than once, mine saved me from myself. Any errors remaining in the manuscript are my own. Finally, completing a project like this one would be much more difficult without the support of a loving family.
I am most fortunate to have a large, loud, gregarious, supportive family around me. Brian and Kate are a continuing source of joy and are remarkably tolerant of a Dad who wants to write books. Most of all, I owe many thanks to my lovely wife, Amy. She has encouraged me, pushed me when I needed it and seems not to mind having a distracted professor for a husband. I am a lucky man indeed. Contents 1 History of the Guitar Anthropologists believe that the bow and arrow was perhaps the first machine made by early man and stringed instruments may have followed shortly afterwards [1, 2].
Stringed instruments have appeared in various forms and in many different cultures throughout recorded history.
However, the story of the guitar is a recent one. Figure 1. The classical guitar really began to take its modern form in the early 19th century. By then, the tradition of stringing instruments in courses had given way to a guitar with six single strings and the modern E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. In the popularity of the guitar was still concentrated in Spain and Italy where it was already taken seriously as an instrument. However, this was about to change with the emergence of a group of gifted guitarists who also composed music for the instrument .
Fernando Sor — was perhaps the greatest of this small group that helped transform the guitar into an instrument for serious musicians all over Europe. Sor was born in Barcelona and moved to Paris in , where he earned a reputation as a master performer and composer. His reputation remains intact as noted classical guitarists still record his compositions and they are still found among current collections of sheet music for students of the classical guitar.
As the guitar evolved through the early s, geared tuners began to replace simple friction pegs. The only modern guitars that still use tuning pegs are flamenco guitars. In addition to the introduction of geared tuners, the flush mounted fretboard was replaced by one that covered the neck as well as part of the soundboard. Though there were many guitar builders around Europe by the mid 19th century, the one who generally gets the credit for being the father of the modern classical guitar is Antonio Torres — .
His instruments incorporated incremental improvements over those of his predecessors and included design features that had been introduced by other luthiers. This evolutionary process is hardly a surprise, since almost all new inventions grow from an existing technological base. The resulting classical guitar was a refined instrument suitable for demanding players and composers. While he is not the originator of fan bracing for the soundboard, his name is associated with it and it is a characteristic feature of his instruments see Figure 1.
Many builders still use his fan bracing pattern. Around the time that Torres introduced his refined guitars, serious composers turned to the instrument in greater numbers.
Simultaneously, virtuoso guitarists began to perform publicly, bringing both the music and the instrument itself to a wide audience. Perhaps the final step in this process of the guitar becoming a legitimate classical instrument came when Andres Segovia — began his professional career.
He, more than any other classical guitarist, raised the public opinion of the guitar in the early 20th century and firmly established it as a serious instrument.