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There is indeed a reason! The notes you play on a trumpet with a particular fingering come from the harmonic series, which is a series of tones based on the root, or fundamental frequency. The idea is that the harmonics (also called overtones) are whole-number multiples of the fundamental frequency. If the fundamental frequency of, say, your trumpet, is ...


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Consonants are primarily just noise—largely high, semi-random frequencies. Vowels are generally the only part of speech that have harmonic content as opposed to the inharmonic content of consonants. Bright, forward vowels like EEEEEE have way more overtones than dark, back vowels like AHHHHHH. Most consonants other than the nasals are so brief that I'd ...


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Any harmonic indications that are not based off of an open string are "artificial" harmonics. So, all of the harmonics in the excerpt are in fact artificial. The third harmonic is notated correctly, however, the first two are not notated correctly. When notating an octave harmonic on an open string, a harmonic symbol is used (looks like a degree symbol - ...


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UPDATE: Based on your comment below: "For the purpose I am interested in the tonal qualities of silver apart from shape. If you strike ANY silver resonater it makes a peculiar ring that, as I said in the question, is unmistakable. This is the tone I am interested in capturing and studying. If you strike a pure silver coin you will hear what I am talking ...


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A relatively new company in Sweden, True Temperament, retrofits electric, acoustic and classical guitars with new necks or fingerboards with heavily modified fret positions that are designed to improve intonation. If I understand their intent, their "Thidell" design is for playing with something closer to pure intervals, but chiefly in the most common ...


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Using a keyed instrument with Just Intonation creates a bunch of puzzles that need to be solved. You are either faced with observing limits on navigating from place to place, or doing "comma pumps" (equating near by intervals, or bend/vibrato between them because they are close enough). The problem isn't really Just Intonation though. It's caused by ...


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I have come across an even more astonishing system for producing pure intervals on a guitar. A Turkish guitarist, Tolgahan Çoğulu, has patented a system for building a guitar that has channels under each string position that allows the quick installation or removal of any number of tiny partial frets, each one string-space wide, which can be adjusted up or ...


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The first subharmonic, an octave below, can be produced on the violin by applying the right amount of bowing pressure (more than usual) and also bowing slowly, if I recall this correctly. As far as I know, this technique requires lots of practice to master. Similarly, subharmonics can be produced by the voice if tensing the vocal cords, as you can try for ...


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It depends on your way of quantifying matters. Normal speech converts airflow into energy somewhat efficiently so you have similar amounts of energy per time. Consonants fall into several different classes, voiced and unvoiced, and orthogonally nasal, fricatives, and plosives. Vowels are directed rather well, so they tend to carry better than most ...


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Short Answer: Consonants Mostly Long Answer: The important point here is less the vowel/consonant definition, but more the phonetic sound that they represent. E for Example can be from eeeeeexample, or seeeee, which have a different set of overtones consonants work to punctuate the vowels and give shape to the language because they are mostly short ...


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I've re-read the section on Harmonics in the Strings chapter of Elaine Gould's "Behind Bars: the Definitive Guide to Music Notation" (pp 413-424). Gould describes natural harmonics as "the open string [...] touched lightly to produce a harmonic (also called an 'overtone' or 'partial') at various points ('nodes') along the string" and goes on to explain that ...


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The foundations of existing music theory were build when scientific data about sound perception were absent and they were inclined to number mysticism which source was that consonant music intervals correspond division of string in ratios of small integers. Now the following facts are known: -the sound signal of basic existing music instruments may be ...



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