New classes in our Master and Journeyman programs

Instrument Acoustics: advanced principles and design

Why two instruments built of identical materials have such different voices, and how to put this knowledge to use. 
Learn the facts behind what you instictively understand about tone and voicing. Gain the knowledge you need to develop your own voice as an instrument builder.

These new classes added to our our Master and Journeyman programs give you the facts behind what you instictively understand about tone and voicing. They give you the knowledge you need to develop your own voice as a builder.

Five years in development, Bryan’s Instrument Acoustics classes are a clear and practical course in the science and the craft of instrument tone – delivered in a way that you can really put to use.

In these classes, we assess materials and instruments using both computer diagnistics and physical testing methods. The information is presented in three sections: Instrument Acoustics Part 1 is now taught in both the Master and Journeyman programs.

Master students continue into Instrument Acoustics Part 2 and Part 3. These lessons sync with your class project so you better understand the instrument you’ve built. You’ll learn what adjustments you can make to create better sounding instruments.

Instrument Acoustics also introduces you to data gathering and record keeping – the foundation of better acoustics. Learn how to choose the correct building materials, and how to work those materials down to the correct thickness for your project, instead of using a predetermined number. Explore the final stage of voicing, including tap-tuning for better results.