|Harmony/Structure of Pitch/Just Intonation/Preface|
A Guide to Playing in Tune
JUST INTONATION is habitually defined as any system of tuning in which all of the intervals can be represented by ratios of whole numbers, with a strongly-implied preference for the smallest numbers compatible with a given musical purpose.
Within this broad conglomeration of tuning systems we will concentrate on elaborating what we call Functional Tuning, in which the tuning is so intimately associated with the function which a note plays that we are almost faced with a chicken/egg dilemma of deciding which comes first.
This does not mean that the music of all styles and periods will be tuned in the same fashion,
It might be preferable to see them in this order, but certainly not obligatory.
Functional Tuning is music itself, and cannot be studied without constantly refering to the structure of Melody and Harmony (for they are not tuned or structured the same way).
How else can Functional Tuning be defined but to say -
THIS IS HOW MUSIC SHOULD BE TUNED.
Wherever a keyboard instrument is not present, in choirs, orchestras, chamber groups, this is the tuning which the ear normally chooses and prefers.
Aim of This Presentation
Our aim is to present Functional Tuning in such a way that it will be clear, comprehensible, applicable, and hopefully, agreeable. When a performer knows what is going on, what notes to tune a little higher, or lower, how much, and why, (s)he is in a far better position to hear the precise pitch better and to develop healthy automatic responses to given conditions. We are well aware of the size of this endeavor and hope that you will assist us with your comments.
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