Re: Overtones and chords


Subject: Re: Overtones and chords
From: Jay Smalridge (inadaze@mac.com)
Date: Tue Jul 20 2004 - 09:02:49 EDT


Thank you as always for all your replies to my questions.

Jay
 
On Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at 02:47AM, lawrence casserley <leo@chiltern.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>
>On 19 Jul, 2004, at 20:38, Jay Smalridge wrote:
>
>> Hey,
>> Concerning the 3rd and 5th harmonic, I thought that they were the
>> third and fifth from the root in equally tempered? Or is it different
>> because of the "true" 5th and "true" 3rd.
>>
>
>They are defined by having frequencies three and five times that of the
>fundamental - that is what the terms "third harmonic" and "fifth
>harmonic" mean. As I said, _no_ eqally tempered intervals (apart from
>octaves) actually coincide with harmonics. Equal temperament involves
>putting everything slightly out of tune.
>
>It is some sort of coincidence, I guess, that the third harmonic is
>(one octave and) a fifth above the fundamental, and the fifth is (two
>octaves and) a third above the fundamental - please don't get confused
>by the two different uses of '''third and fifth'. Life can never be
>that simple! :-)>
>
>Hope that helps.
>
>L
>
>Lawrence Casserley - lawrence@lcasserley.co.uk
>Lawrence Electronic Operations - www.lcasserley.co.uk
>Colourscape Music Festivals - www.colourscape.org.uk
>
>
>



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