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How Scales Are Constructed

Lecture no. 4 from the course: How Music and Mathematics Relate

How Scales Are Constructed

Taught by Professor David Kung | 47 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Professor Kung contrasts a passage from Vivaldi with a Chinese folk tune. Why is one so easily distinguishable from the other? Probe the diverse mathematics of musical scales, which explains the characteristic sound of different musical traditions. Learn how a five-note scale is constructed versus a more complex seven-note scale. What are the relative advantages of each? As a bonus, discover why no piano is ever in tune.

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b********m
January 11, 2017

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b********m
December 31, 2016
Very interesting but rather subjective about how beautiful a melody is. It is not in the role of a teacher to express such subjective opinions.

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September 21, 2016

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