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Connections between Music and Mathematics

I first saw the connections to math when I found out that the octaves on your guitar string were exactly at 1/2 half of the string length. Half of the entire string length is your first half, then half-way up from that point and the end of the string (if you could finger it) is another octave. Each note is a similar fraction of the length of the string. Obviously that directly relates to the wavelength produced.

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It is quite interesting. On my last (broke) visit to Chapters I found an amazing book on the relation of Sacred Geometry and musical scales but had to just glance through it and put it back on the shelf. Anyways heres a couple others for those that are interested:

Music of the Spheres (also the name of Mike Oldfields latest album):

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080417142454.htm

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Geometry of Music:

http://blog.sciencenews.org/mathtrek/2008/03/the_geometry_of_music.html

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Connections between Music and Mathematics

I first saw the connections to math when I found out that the octaves on your guitar string were exactly at 1/2 half of the string length. Half of the entire string length is your first half, then half-way up from that point and the end of the string (if you could finger it) is another octave. Each note is a similar fraction of the length of the string. Obviously that directly relates to the wavelength produced.

I just learned that the other day!!!!

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Connections between Music and Mathematics

I first saw the connections to math when I found out that the octaves on your guitar string were exactly at 1/2 half of the string length. Half of the entire string length is your first half' date=' then half-way up from that point and the end of the string (if you could finger it) is another octave. Each note is a similar fraction of the length of the string. Obviously that directly relates to the wavelength produced.[/quote']

I just learned that the other day!!!!

Yup, and if you place your finger on a string just above the 12th fret (the fret itself, not the fingering space behind the fret wire), and pluck the string, it's called playing a "harmonic." Make sure to pull your finger off the string just after you pluck it. There are also other natural harmonics at the 5th and 7th frets.

Aloha,

Brad

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I was heavily addicted to repeating that song and staring out my window at the skyfor about three months, I didn't even realise the numeric arrangement because I was captured by the lyrics themselves... "swing on the spiral" references to DNA and recreating the self in the desired image... "until we are human..."

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