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Subject: Re: [motm] Pushing Partials Around

From: jwbarlow@...
Date: 2000-03-23

In a message dated 3/22/2000 3:19:29 PM, oakley@...

>>I usually use the term "partials" because it was beaten into me that
>the Fundamental is not a harmonic...

>Hi all,

>In the UK the fundamental is the first harmonic, the second harmonic is
>twice the fundamental and so on. We use the term overtone to describe
>the higher orders. That is, the first overtone is the second harmonic,
>the second overtone is the third harmonic, etc. Thus n in Fourier
>equations, and mechanical resonance, is indeed the harmonic number.

This is the way I've always heard it as well (on the left coast of the US),
first harmonic = fundamental, second harmonic = first overtone.

>But we also have different terms for 'note' and 'tone', and I'll be
>buggered if I can remenber which is which :-)

But you don't have semi-demi-hemi-tones do you (which would probably be a
very small interval)?