Re: Overtones and chords

Subject: Re: Overtones and chords
From: Jay Smalridge (
Date: Tue Jul 20 2004 - 09:02:49 EDT

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

On Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at 02:47AM, lawrence casserley <> 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.
>Lawrence Casserley -
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