[Menvi-discuss] Ergent, can someone explain the harmonic series in words, in the next fewhours.

Dewald van Deventer dewaldvandeventer at gmail.com
Thu May 2 01:12:31 EDT 2013

Here is a good explanation:
I'm busy learning piano tuning, so it's important to know!

Harmonics are derived from parts of the vibrating body, like a string to 
If you take one string, and divide it in half, put your finger lightly 
on it, you would hear an octave of the same note above.

The string divides in half, 1/3, 1/4 etc. etc.

So here is the actual pattern:

Lets work with the note C:

C, c octave above, G, C, E, G, B-flat, C, C-sharp.

This pattern is the same on every note.

Of course the harmonics goes on and on. These are only 9, but they are 
the most important to know about.

Hope this helps.


D.L. van Deventer
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On May 1, 2013, at 9:14 AM, Krystel Keller wrote:

Hi everyone.
I am having trouble finding somewhere on line that explains the
series with out diagrams and images and am having no luck.
I need to recap for a test at uni tomorrow morning, and the
in my text book, as well as those offered in class all include lovely
In particular I need to know the order of the parcials.
Thanks for any help. I really appreciate it!
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