Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guitar Workshop: Math and Music Theory

Our semi-regular midday Thursday feature does not always amount to a "guitar lesson," but will on occasion delve into areas which the practicing guitarist will encounter at one time or another.

We rarely get the opportunity to discuss the relationship between mathematics and music, but there really is one. Most would associate this relationship with the division of whole notes into half notes, quarter notes, and so on, combined with varying degrees of complexity to form a whole equal to the sum of its parts. But it is more than the sum of its parts, as seen here in this video commemorating Pi Day last week.

If nothing else, it shows how the left and right sides of the brain can work together.

1 comment:

Dad29 said...

Not to mention the relationships between A=440 cycles/second, and the strictly mathematical CPS numbers going up and down the scale.