The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99350   Message #1978246
Posted By: JohnInKansas
24-Feb-07 - 03:40 PM
Thread Name: We need a word for finger-squeaks
Subject: RE: We need a word for finger-squeaks
Most such noises are the result of exciting the longitudinal vibration of the string rather than the transverse vibration normally intended.

As a very rough approximation, for most strings, especially those with a steel core, the longitudinal frequency is approximately 6 times the transverse, giving a "squeek" about 2 and a fraction octaves above the note being played.

One might claim to be playing "superharmonics" of the note. "for the pleasure of the dogs in the audience" ... ? . ?

"squink" is as good a name as any, perhaps.

John