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Elements of Stringed Instruments

Figure 2: Stringed instrument decomposition abstraction block diagram.
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In all stringed instruments, the strings are put into motion by an external force typically applied by a finger, plectrum (``pick''), hammer, or bow. The vibrating string transfers energy into the body/resonator of the instrument, which in turn produces pressure waves in the air that propagate to our ears.

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``Virtual Stringed Instruments'', by Nelson Lee and Julius O. Smith III,
REALSIMPLE Project — work supported by the Wallenberg Global Learning Network .
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Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA),   Stanford University