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Distinguishing Harmonics With The Ear

PIRA 3C50.55

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Photo of Demo

Description:

A listener can hear the difference in the strummings; the first is "softer" than the second. The second sounds more "tinny" because it has different harmonics than the first; the two different strumming positions generate different standing waves in the higher harmonics. The lower (fundamental) pitches are the same. 

Recipe and
Location:

Guitar

Rick Matthews

Video:

Streaming Video:

None

MPG Video:

Guitar Tones

Real Video:

Guitar Tones

Notes:

No real guitar knowledge is needed for this demo. Ask Machele for help. This demo can be substituted by the Fourier Synthesizer.

 

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