An Analysis of the Lower Posture's Effect on Leg and Knee Placement, and its Effect on the Sound Production of the Cello

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Title:
An Analysis of the Lower Posture's Effect on Leg and Knee Placement, and its Effect on the Sound Production of the Cello
Author:
Buchholz, Theodore Oscar
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Cellists are interested in ways to produce the largest sound possible in order to meet modern acoustic challenges. This research examined cellists' lower body posture, how lower posture affected the manner in which the cello was held, and ultimately, what effect this had on the instrument's sound. Lower posture is significant because it affects sound production. This research analyzed cello treatises, images of prominent cellists, and conducted sound lab tests. The treatise and image research investigated how foot placement, endpin length, angle, and tilt of the cello affected the amount of leg contact with the instrument. The sound lab research used a bowing apparatus and audio software to measure the effect of leg contact on sound production. The results of this study showed that lower posture affected the amount of contact made between the player and cello. The sound lab tests revealed that less leg contact led to larger amplitudes produced by the cello. This research also discovered that the contact from each leg uniquely affected certain frequencies. Research on lower posture's effect on sound may benefit performing cellists, pedagogues, luthiers, and researchers.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Images; Posture; Sound; Treatise; Music; Cellists; Cello
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Music
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Votapek, Mark A.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleAn Analysis of the Lower Posture's Effect on Leg and Knee Placement, and its Effect on the Sound Production of the Celloen_US
dc.creatorBuchholz, Theodore Oscaren_US
dc.contributor.authorBuchholz, Theodore Oscaren_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractCellists are interested in ways to produce the largest sound possible in order to meet modern acoustic challenges. This research examined cellists' lower body posture, how lower posture affected the manner in which the cello was held, and ultimately, what effect this had on the instrument's sound. Lower posture is significant because it affects sound production. This research analyzed cello treatises, images of prominent cellists, and conducted sound lab tests. The treatise and image research investigated how foot placement, endpin length, angle, and tilt of the cello affected the amount of leg contact with the instrument. The sound lab research used a bowing apparatus and audio software to measure the effect of leg contact on sound production. The results of this study showed that lower posture affected the amount of contact made between the player and cello. The sound lab tests revealed that less leg contact led to larger amplitudes produced by the cello. This research also discovered that the contact from each leg uniquely affected certain frequencies. Research on lower posture's effect on sound may benefit performing cellists, pedagogues, luthiers, and researchers.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectImagesen_US
dc.subjectPostureen_US
dc.subjectSounden_US
dc.subjectTreatiseen_US
dc.subjectMusicen_US
dc.subjectCellistsen_US
dc.subjectCelloen_US
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorVotapek, Mark A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHamann, Donald L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcLaughlin, Carrolen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVotapek, Mark A.en_US
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