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.

  • steph


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

  • Eve

    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.