Law Of OctavesStrange times are these in which we live, when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once, a lunatic and fool. - Plato
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Law Of Octaves

Different note, an octave apart, have the same tone.

The Musical Law of Octaves states that, in the musical sense, notes of different frequencies have the same "tone" or musical quality. You can easily experiment with this by playing various notes on a piano. Notice that all the C notes or all the G# notes have the same sound.

This fact of music is so important that it is probably responsible for the note naming convention in music.

You can find more out about the scientific reasoning and use of the Law of Octaves in our sound physics section.

 


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