Scales, Temperament, and Tuning

  • John M. Eargle


Many persons involved in music technology have not been trained in music, and their knowledge of music theory is often limited. At the same time, they may have strong musical preferences, and possess “good ears,” in the conventional sense of being able to discern musical nuances and fine pitch relationships. We will introduce some musical terminology in this chapter. Those readers with a basic musical background will have no difficulty, and for those without such a background the definitions we give may bridge the gap. A few sessions at the keyboard with a musician should clarify the remaining points.


Frequency Ratio Open String Harmonic Series Chromatic Scale Minor Scale 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

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  • John M. Eargle

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