fingerboard

noun
fin·​ger·​board | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce fingerboard (audio) \

Definition of fingerboard

: the part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the pitch — see violin illustration

Examples of fingerboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his dexterity, the quickness with which his fingers danced along the fingerboard, had returned. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A bus crash nearly left a violin soloist paralyzed. But it was 'medicine' for his music.," 16 Oct. 2019 Concertmaster Rubén Rengel relished his spotlight moment with a growling solo that covered almost the entire fingerboard. BostonGlobe.com, "Sphinx Virtuosi play in living color at Gardner Museum - The Boston Globe," 15 Oct. 2019 The ebony fingerboard has more brightness and snap than the rosewood used on most Fender electrics. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Ebony is the only wood the company uses for its fretboards, the part of the guitar also known as fingerboards. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taylor Guitars’ ‘Ebony Project’ continues to save trees in Africa," 13 June 2019 The players' fingers never touched the sound fingerboards of their instruments, producing pure harmonic that seemed to set the entire gallery vibrating in some mysteriously shamanistic way. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Becoming John Luther Adams: The evolution of one of America's hottest composers," 3 May 2018 The violin solo runs up and down the ebony fingerboard, conjuring the feeling of feet slipping on thin ice, bodies crashing into snowy embankments. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’," 21 Feb. 2018 This one with a solid brass fingerboard scalloped to facilitate the sort of string bending guitar-guru John McLaughlin was doing at the time. Matt Wake, AL.com, "A guitar Heart took to '70s success has an Alabama connection," 20 June 2017 Seventeen frets split up a total of 102 buttons which correspond to a traditional six-string guitar fingerboard. Christopher Null, WIRED, "Review: Mad Catz Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller," 22 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of fingerboard

1609, in the meaning defined above

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“Fingerboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingerboard. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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