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Thread #64439   Message #1054987
Posted By: Jeri
16-Nov-03 - 06:26 PM
Thread Name: tone vs pitch
Subject: RE: tone vs pitch
Bob, yeah. That's McGrath's Oxford Dictionary definition #5, which is what I think we're discussing. 'Tone' meaning the quality of the sound, as in the tone of a note played on a violin verses the tone of the same note played on a flute, doesn't rise and fall and is separated from pitch.

The overtones mentioned are undoubtedly why, when I sing a C into an electronic tuner, the tuner reads it as a G. I know for sure it's a C, but the overtones in my voice are strong enough to fool the tuner. Does this tone vs pitch thing why I can sing the same exact notes as a deep-voiced man, and it sounds like he's an octave below me?