Sunday, August 29, 2004


Harmonics in terms of timbre and string technique is not an easy thing to define. So, let's just start at the beginning. Harmony is the combining of notes simultaneously to create chords and eventually create chord progressions. Timbre describes the tone quality of a sound; for example a clarinet and an oboe playing the same note at the same loudness are said to have different timbres. I interpret harmonics, in terms of timbre and strings, as different sounding strings in harmony with each other. In other words, like a cello and a violin playing notes at different harmony. Or a cello and a cello playing together...they have the same timbre but they are still in harmony with one another. You can have many different variations of instruments and timbres. Does that make any sense? It kind of does to me but if you have anything else that would help explain this better please comment. Thanks.

Source: The New Harvard Dictionary of Music