Archives of Music Theory

The mirage of the musical score

You practice music and you have already encountered some difficulties: playing an instrument or singing without a score improvising on a theme or composing a piece playing by ear, i.e. replaying on an instrument a melody or chords you heard previously Then this article is for you. Music is not a unique skill Here’s something you […]
Sound and the Overtone Phenomenon

Sound and the Overtone Phenomenon

  The overtone phenomenon is at the origins of tonal music. Discover why. A musical sound is complex owing, in part, to its richness in harmonics. This perception of harmonics requires a particularly highly developed acuity because such tones are faintly perceptible. We saw that the octave was the first interval created by the overtone phenomenon. […]