Guitar, a classical string instrument © Siemens Stiftung 2018 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Guitar, a classical string instrument

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Sound is produced by plucking strings and their vibrations are reflected by the resonance of the guitar body.

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2018-07-27
The vibration of the strings is transmitted to the body (soundboard) of the guitar which in turn vibrates and stimulates the air in the hollow body to vibrate itself. Finally a much bigger volume of air is now vibrating, the sound of the strings is much more clearly audible.

Information and ideas:
Guitar, violin and piano are good examples to illustrate the production of sound through vibrating objects on the one hand and, on the other hand, to show the importance and function of resonance bodies.

Relevant for teaching:
Acoustic phenomena
Sound/acoustics: parameters
Vibrations and waves
Guitar music (Video)
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Music; Physics
Grade 1 to 4; Grade 5 to 6; Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Elementary school; Middle/high school; Vocational training
Sound
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