How Music Works
the science and psychology of beautiful sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond
Can you guess what this instrument is?
Why some notes clash and others get along together
Different ways to accompany a tune
Ancient and modern scales
3,000-year-old music : ancient harp tuning
The horrible out-of-tune bamboo whistle
Confident majors and emotional minors
How to bring tears to the eyes of the audience
The magnificent drinking-straw oboe
So, what is music, anyway?
What is perfect pitch and do I have it?
Notes and noises
Xylophones and saxophones : same notes but different sounds
How loud is loud?
Harmony and cacophony
Weighing up scales
The self-confident major and the emotional minor
I got rhythm
Listening to music
Fiddly details. Naming and identifying intervals ; Using the Decibel system ; Tuning an instrument to the pentatonic scale ; Calculating equal temperament ; The notes of the major keys
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