Hilarious meme for us stringed-instrument players



This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ones.

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Author: Foxfier

Former sailor, current geek, conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Refugee from the Seattle blob. (No, we DIDN'T vote for those taxes!) Elf is my husband, our kids are Princess, Duchess, Baron, Empress, Chief, and Contessa.

7 thoughts on “Hilarious meme for us stringed-instrument players”

  1. I can’t tell if those are frets, or the old life hack of automobile striping to show fingering positions.

    I went down the wikipedia rabbit hole of stringed instruments the other day*. So, if frets, viol, not violin. But that has f holes, not c holes. Wiki says that viols have c holes. And the way it is sitting in the right pic says ‘curved back’ to me.

    Anyway, it briefly left me with the mad ambition of understanding the geometry/stability of a hypothetical instrument with a curved top and bottom around a resonating chamber, and multiple moveable bridges. Because it seemed like it might be hard to do.

    *Looking up Qin because of, partly, Mayvn’s scum villain fic. And then string quartets because of Evangelion.

      1. There are two bows in the meme. Bottom one has that curved frog. Top one looks like a sharp frog.

        There are some issues in that web site, making me wonder about how sound it is.

        Forex, violin, viola and cello are pretty closely related, but bass are pretty common, and not that different.

        Bridges, I may not be understanding what they mean by a curved arch, but I recall bridges on violins having a curved arch on the top and bottom.

        There’s at least one dropped word, ‘violin’ seems to be missing from one of the sentence about treble clef.

        Anyway, I’m not sure if it is unedited, English wasn’t the writer’s first language, or if it was put together in pieces without complete understanding.

        Anyway, the bow police are not going to inspect your instrument case, and take you away if you a viola bow in a violin case, or vice versa. Bows are a little more consumable than instruments, so a serious player will be getting replacements, or having spares, and might have the ‘wrong’ one for some reason.

        Bridge is also something that can be varied without needing to be able to really take an instrument apart and put it together. It outright comes off when you replace all the strings at once.

        1. Since it matches stuff that was on other sites, but has it all in one place, I’d say it’s 50/50 on if it was computer written or computer-approved work for hire.

  2. Also, the Hornbostel-Sachs categories sound like a challenge.

    Naively, it seems like it should be possible to use a vibrating /liquid/ in a musical instrument.

    Also, maybe electrophone was formally defined in a narrow way, and one could cheese in some exceptions that way.

    Plasma might be practical.

    Sadly, gravity and nuclear explosions probably aren’t.

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