The Architecture of Music


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The Harmonics

The Architecture of Music sus4 Harmonic Intervals Diagram by Greg Aranda, Architect

You may have once heard someone tune a guitar using the harmonics, but probably have never thought about of how important they really are. In all of the chords and inversions diagrammed on the previous pages, a harmonic or perfect 5th relationship exists between two of the notes. Hence, these chords are referred to as the harmonic triads. Of all the chords found in research, only two, the augmented (4 4 4) and diminished (3 3 3 3), did not contain a harmonic or perfect 5th relationship. Use the diagram on the next page to play the hamonics on the guitar.