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Blog 17 - 'Brass instruments' that can play the 7th harmonic

36 divisions played on the French Horn

36 divisions of the octave played on a French horn with a modified stopping valve

‘Brass’ instruments that can play the 5th harmonic

‘Brass’ instruments that can play the 5th harmonic 

(and probably the 2nd , 3rd and 4th)

Here’s more of my exploration of harmonics and instruments played by vibrating the lips.

Third-tones (and 6th-tones) for trumpet to combine with a piano part

Knowing the chords in Just Intonation

The contemporary music quartet LOCANA (Janine Grantham - flute; Rachel Westwood - violin; myself - horn; Matthew Farrell - cello rehearsed in Brisbane on Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19 in preparation for the Sydney MicroFest 2 in Sydney September 22 and 23. 

Horn playing 19-division tuning

'Brass' Instruments producing the 3rd harmonic

Nexus of pitch matching between brass and strings

Nexus between brass and strings in just intonation.

Temporary conclusion: the best nexus pitch is a C.



The chords of This Instant - a new work in just intonation for 4 horns


'Brass' instruments, fundamentals and 2nd harmonics - Part 2

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