reply to post by MysticPearl
I saw the OP's earlier reply to you, which was clearly designed to add to, not subtract from your confusion. Perhaps I can be of some help.
What's a fifth?
It is the difference in pitch between the first and fifth notes of a musical scale or key, but it also refers to the particular sound of those two
notes played together. If you want to know what it sounds like, think of the first two notes of John Williams' theme from Star Wars
the root and fifth of the key in which the music is set. Or think of the harmonies favoured by hillbilly and white gospel singers. They like fifths a
What's the importance of fifths?
A fifth is the simplest and most basic harmonic relationship between the notes of a scale except for the octave itself. Heavy metal power chords are
fifths. A lot of folk music is harmonized in fifths. The relationship between the root and the turnaround in the blues is a fifth. The sound of a
two-note train or truck horn is usually two notes a fifth apart. It just sounds very pleasant to human ears.
The other basic harmonic relationships are fourths and thirds. Early Western music used only octaves, fourths and fifths; thirds were not introduced
until the fifteenth century. When they arrived, they created the difference between major and minor keys (since thirds come in two kinds, major and
To hear what the different musical intervals of the Western scale sound like, go to this
What's a tritone, and why is it/they important?
A tritone is a rather nasty-sounding interval three whole tones apart. A whole tone is the difference in pitch between two white notes on the piano
that have a black note between them. On the page I linked to above, a whole tone is referred to as a major second.
Tritones are not at all important. They were shunned by early composers, to whose ears they sounded unpleasant. They called it diabolus in
, or the Devil in Music, because of its sound. Since most formal music in those days was church music, this has given rise to the legend
that the Church banned the tritone because it had power to raise the Devil. Modern composers often use it, and popular musicians, too: the opening two
notes of the riff of Purple Haze
by Jimi Hendrix form a tritone.
What can someone not musically versed do with this information?
What the OP has done, I suppose; raise upon it a vast, tottering edifice of misunderstanding, blarney and conjecture that has absolutely nothing to do
with music, or anything else.
Is this like the philosopher's stone which can supposedly change metal to gold? Does this music, or tones, or frequencies, not even sure of the
correct wording, cause one to reach higher levels of consciousness during meditation?
It can't do anything like that. It can affect you the way musical sounds normally affect people, that's all. Though actually, that's quite a lot of
Why are ratios important? And ratios pertaining to what exactly?
The ratios we are talking about are those between the fundamental wavelength of a vibrating string (ie the length of the string itself) and the
wavelength of its harmonics, aka the harmonic series
. An octave is half the wavelength
of the fundamental, the fifth is one-third the wavelength (never mind why!), and so on. It is from these ratios that the scales of Western music were
originally devised. However, these 'perfect' ratios derived from the modes of a vibrating string create certain practical problems when designing and
building polyphonic musical instruments and writing music to play on them, so round about the time of Bach, musicians and composers adopted the 'equal
temperament' scale, which adjusts the pitches of all the notes of the scale to fall at equal distances from one another. The difference is slight but
audible – all Western musical instruments except those like violins and slide guitars that have no built-in frets or stops are actually slightly out
of tune. That's what the OP is making all this fuss about.
This seems it was written more for musicians who understand the lingo.
Not really. I am a musician, as well as someone who knows a little physics and mathematics. I am familiar with most of the ideas the OP invokes, but
what he has written still makes no sense to me.
Still, you make a good point. Notice how the people going zowie-wowie at the OP are mostly those who don't know very much about music...
reply to post by antonia
Ah, a voice of sanity and a real musician to boot. Star for you, Antonia.
edit on 9/2/12 by Astyanax because: Of disharmony.