a treatise on musical acoustics and how to tune the structure of a stringed musical instrument. The book describes the work of Lloyd Loar and Stradivari.
Tap tuning is the art of altering the musical pitch of stringed acoustic instruments like guitars, mandolins, and violins.
This book accompanies a 55-minute on-line video with acoustical demonstrations and tests.
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  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Tap tuning is the art of altering the musical pitch of stringed acoustic instruments like guitars, mandolins, and violins.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, This book accompanies a 55-minute on-line video with acoustical demonstrations and tests.

The Art of Tap Tuning (2nd Edition coming Spring 2021)

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PLEASE NOTE: This new book is marked "SOLD OUT" until the new "2nd Edition" becomes available in the Spring of 2021.

To be released in Spring of 2021, this 2nd edition of The Art of Tap Tuning is a treatise on musical acoustics that describes the process of building stringed musical instruments and adjusting the frequencies of the parts to produce excellent tone. The great violin luthiers of the 15th and 16th Centuries learned that excellence in tone can be achieved through a process called "tap tuning." Written by renowned author Roger H. Siminoff with more than six decades of luthierie experience, The Art of Tap Tuning reveals ground-breaking information on how tap tuning works and how to apply it to instruments you build to produce the best sounding stringed acoustical instruments.

  • 8-1/2” x 11˝
  • 76 pages, hard bound
  • Fully illustrated with diagrams and color photos
  • Primer on musical acoustics
  • Tone bar tunings for 12 instruments
  • 55-minute video loaded with tap tuning demonstrations (available on-line from any device via secure-code access)