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Frankham Origins of music: new theory (18) RE: Origins of music: new theory 09 Aug 03

The idea of language being the basis of music in not new. An analysis of speech reveals that (I read it somewhere) the minor third is the most comfortable interval that is uttered, originally as a young baby calls "mama". Kids use it in "nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah". The minor third is the second and third string of the guitar in combination. It's at the root of harmonization in the Western Musical tradition. The start of music in the Western Civilization was basically vocal. When instrument technology increased, it becomes more involved harmonically and contrapuntally.

Inflections of speech often mirror musical phrases. It can be said that music is a language and that the use of good language is music.

The voice is the most personal instrument and a musician should be able to sing the notes that he/she plays although maybe not in the same octave as the instrument he/she plays.

The pyramiding of thirds constitutes what we have grown to know as consonance in music. Inverted, they are sixths, also considered consonant.

Frank Hamilton

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