Wednesday, August 18, 2010

timbre/tone texture

Timbre is caused by the unique pattern of overtones that occur when a tone is sounded. overtones are faint tones produced when a basic pitch is sounded.

Take a piano, for example. When a string is sounded, it vibrates back and forth, right? But did you know that each string also vibrates in halves, thirds, fourths, ad infinitum. These subtler vibrations cause faint overtones. So when you play C, you aren't just playing C; countless overtones are also sounding, and you can hear some if you listen closely.

pp. 32-33 Perfect ear training manual

tone texture = timbre

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