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If you have two vibrating strings you can produce a consonant musical interval between them if their vibrating lengths form certain integer ratios, like 3:2. It's appealing to scale this idea up to solar system size - to assume that 'consonant' systems like the planets also exhibit integer ratios in their properties. It's actually wrong though - planetary ...


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I found Howard Goodall's 'Big Bangs: Five Musical Revolutions' fascinating, especially the chapter on the development of musical notation. It's his choice of the five most important musical developments of the last thousand years.


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As Jj has said, It's quite a broad topic. I've spent years reading this and that to try and understand the history of music. In General One book I feel was really great is Stephen Fry's 'Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music'. What's great about is that it takes you all the way from the earliest known instruments all the way through bach, ...


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So, you just want a detailed book about everything, but one that isn't too large? Most of your questions can be addressed simply by reading a history book. Of them, I believe that the Norton Anthology of Western Music is one of the best documents out there on this topic. Keep in mind that if you want to cover everything in one source, then your knowledge ...


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After a few years of practice, bowing becomes harder than fingering. Consider the whole arm, not just the hand, when measuring the difficulty of the subtasks of playing.


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It's an active/passive/control hand thing. The right hand determines the loudness of the tone and its character and exact timing, both with plucked as well as bowed string instruments. A right-handed person will use a hammer in the right hand. When you are taking a look at what a blacksmith does with his left and his right hand, the left hand requires a ...



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