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What is heard when a tuning fork is struck?

Although tuning forks produce very pure tones compared to other instruments, they do not produce actual pure tones. One reason that you can hear the overtones easily, despite how quiet they are, ...
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What do the notes represent if their relationships are different in different tuning systems?

If the notes don't have some idealized or 'correct' set of ratios then what do the notes actually represent? But they do have an idealized set of ratios. Different tuning systems represent different ...
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What do the notes represent if their relationships are different in different tuning systems?

I disagree with this: The relationship between an A and a B is different in say, just intonation and equal temprement. But A and B have the same relationship in both just intonation and equal ...
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Nickel vs silver vs gold flute

The general opinion (highly subjective) among flute players is that denser precious metals produce an better sound. Gold is claimed to produce a warmer, darker, more complex sound, silver is claimed ...
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Guitar Tone/Sound help

How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound? At the risk of being a bit of a gear snob: my first amp was a little peavey solid state like the bandit. When I finally saved up for a fender all tube ...
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Impact of (a) input sensitivity and (b) guitar "volume" on the point at which a tube amp breaks up

I’m not sure what you mean by the amp breaking up, but I guess you mean reaching saturation? I’ll try to give you a quick run down of how such amplifiers work. Essentially amplifying is a bit of a ...
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What is it called when the same melody is played at different speeds by voices with different timbre?

Imitation is the broad, general term to describe when one voice plays some melodic idea and then another voice plays that melodic idea again. But there are several additional terms to specify the ...
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What is it called when the same melody is played at different speeds by voices with different timbre?

Having listened to the examples, I think the only answer that wraps it all up is: "No, there's no one term that's useful here. And yes, your response to these musical similarities is meaningful. ...
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What is it called when the same melody is played at different speeds by voices with different timbre?

Depending on which is the "main" voice, it may be called, "imitation by diminution" or "imitation by augmentation." This was quite popular in the 1300s to 1600s (and used ...
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Guitar Tone/Sound help

How to get that sound? The amp has quite loud master volume, but not much overdrive with the preamp gain - a little, but not so much that a 3 note minor chord would get smudged unrecognizable. Then ...
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Why are tortoise-shell picks prized?

A pick made from the shell of a hawksbill has major advantages over a pick made from other materials. Tortoiseshell is less flexible in thinner gauges (speed and tone), naturally lubricated (speed and ...
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What do the notes represent if their relationships are different in different tuning systems?

One thing to add to the responses so far is history. By the way, I love the fact that this question cuts straight to the root of core definitions, like "What do we mean when we say 'A', anyway?&...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

Maybe those people were literally talking about tone, in which case playing-volume and the left (unicorda) pedal are the two major contributors. But possibly their use of words “bright”, “mellow” or “...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

Some folks would say that you just press the keys, which in turn eventually move the hammers and so the strings get played. Basically true. However, there are many different ways in which to press ...
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What acoustic instruments are great for Droning?

Organ, bagpipe, wind gong/tamtam, bells (including church bells as well as plate and tubular bells), Hurdy-Gurdy The pipe organ is obviously the acoustic drone instrument, as with a single keypress it ...
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What is heard when a tuning fork is struck?

The tone the tuning fork is tuned to is generated by transversal waves in the tips of the metal fork. It needs amplification by a resonance body (or as you did: close listening). This is the low tone. ...
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What do the notes represent if their relationships are different in different tuning systems?

If the notes don't have some idealized or 'correct' set of ratios then what do the notes actually represent? Notes are frequencies. Our ears hear much similarity between notes that are doubles - for ...
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Why does my amp sound better when I am not standing directly in front of it?

The cause of the directionality is described above by Yorik, and is well-known. Jay Mitchell published his solution to the issue some time ago here: https://web.archive.org/web/20130201144500/http://...
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