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sympathetic string

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Definition of sympathetic string in English:

noun

Each of a group of additional wire strings fitted to certain stringed instruments to give extra resonance.
Example sentences
  • Since the late 18th century, most of the music written for the viola d' amore calls for an instrument with seven playing and seven sympathetic strings, tuned in a D major chord, A d a d' f#' a'd".
  • Maybe 17 strings, with sympathetic strings, like a sitar.
  • Some instruments have as many as 15 sympathetic strings tuned to different notes of the scale.

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