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DaveC426913

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## Main Question or Discussion Point

One octave is a doubling of frequency, say, 440Hz to 880Hz for A.

If I understand correctly, that is divided into 12 equal divisions, denoted by all 12 naturals and sharps/flats.

Of those 12, any given key tends to use only 8.

Why do these 8, which are

Why is it whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half? I guess that gets into fifths ad fourths and thirds, which I don't quite understand.

This irregularity, in what should be regularity, disturbs my sense of continuum. Help me understand.

If I understand correctly, that is divided into 12 equal divisions, denoted by all 12 naturals and sharps/flats.

Of those 12, any given key tends to use only 8.

Why do these 8, which are

**not**evenly distributed throughout the octave, sound pleasing to the ear?Why is it whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half? I guess that gets into fifths ad fourths and thirds, which I don't quite understand.

This irregularity, in what should be regularity, disturbs my sense of continuum. Help me understand.