Notes

What is another name for the musical sounds represented by notes?

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Feb 23, 2016
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by: Simon

Hi,

It depends on how you want to describe the sound. In musical terms each sound can be divided up into:

Pitch: How high or low the note is
Duration: How long the note is
Timbre: The tone colour of the sound (metallic, string, brass etc.)
Dynamics: How loud or soft the sound is

In physics terms:

If you are talking about pitch of the note then it is the frequency.

If you are talking about the volume of the note it is amplitude (although technically volume is our perception of loudness from the intensity of the wave)

If you are talking about timbre then it is mainly the harmonic content, combined with attack and decay...

Hope this has proved helpful in answering your question!

Simon

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