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Pythagoras and the Music Scale

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Nailah Jenkins

on 2 December 2014

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Transcript of Pythagoras and the Music Scale

The Octave
If one string is one half the length of another string, it pitch is much higher, but they still sound consonant when
played together. This is called the octave.
The Perfect Fifth
If one string has a length that is two-thirds the length of the other, the strings sound consonant when played together. And this is called the Perfect Fifth.
Ratios
Unison
When two strings have the same length, they have the same pitch, and the relationship between the notes is called a unison.
Pythagoras and the music scale
Pythagoras studied the musical scale and the ratios between the lengths of the strings.
He developed the first mathematically based scale by using intervals of the octaves and ratios
For the unison, the ratios of the strings is 1:1.
For the octave, the ratios of the strings is 2:1.
For the perfect fifth, the ratios of the strings is 3:2.
By: Nailah Jenkins
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