Operating Deflection Shapes of a Violin String via High Speed/High Resolution Videography

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; Keweenaw Research Center


The action of bowing a violin string to play a properly sounding note produces a stick-slip action between the bow and the string. In an ideal situation this excitation of the string results in Helmholtz motion of the string. This paper describes an experimental method for measuring the motion of a violin string using high speed/high resolution videography and the subsequent digitizing of the motion for use in a high fidelity mathematical model of a violin.

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Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series