Interesting facts about traditional Japanese music


The size of the semitone in a Japanese scale varies as a function of the song being played, the instrument, the sex of the player, and other factors.


Comments 2

  1. steph wrote:


    how strange. what other sorts of factors? and how is this notated? is it notated, or just meant to be implicitly understood?

    Posted 16 Apr 2006 at 2:23 pm
  2. Eve wrote:

    I don’t think it would be notated. It’s probably due to the nature of the instrument, like women use a smaller version of a string instrument than men or something, and so the thickness or length or tension of the strings are different, creating different interval sizes. That’s just speculation, and I’m not sure how that extends to flutes and things.

    Posted 16 Apr 2006 at 5:10 pm