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Math + Music

Math + Music

Music and math have been always connected through a variety of means. Numbers, patterns, and scales have a fundamental connection to how music has evolved. It all began in Ancient Greece with a man called Pythagoras.

Pythagoras was a pretty famous philosopher who lived in the 5th century BCE. In reference to music, he made a pretty startling discovery which directly impacted the growth of the tonal system that we still use today in western music. He figured out that if you stretch a string to certain length you get a frequency of vibration. If you change that by a certain ratio you get another pitch.  Below is an estimation of those ratios based on a major scale from Pythagoras.

Many of these intervallic relationships have stood to be largely true with some minor variation as we can measure things with more accuracy. Not bad for a bunch of people who did not have the technological advances we have today.

Intervals are the spaces between pitches. They are related to each other by a ratio. 

Intervals are the spaces between pitches. They are related to each other by a ratio. 

You’ll be able to see this connection to math and music come to life as we team up with our neighbors the RSM Winchester for a Math and Music Treasure Hunt! This Saturday March 10th, we will be opening our doors on 50 Cross Street in Winchester from 3:30-5:30. Join us for games, prizes and fun!

Join us on March 10th!

Join us on March 10th!

Meet Eric Giribaldi, guitar instructor.

Meet Eric Giribaldi, guitar instructor.

He received his degree in Guitar Performance from UMass Lowell. He has played in various groups spanning multiple styles of music. From country to jazz and everything in between. He currently plays with country artist Lexi James, folk group Birdsong at Morning, and also does original and cover material. He has done multiple radio appearances across the country and has played in Nashville TN, and Tampa FL, where he was in an opening act for Charlie Daniels Band.

Eric is no stranger to the importance of music education, having studied with Ben Goldbaum in Haverhill MA, and Boston area jazz legend Jon Wheatley.

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