[Bell Historians] Re: Telegraph letter

David Bryant davidbryant at yHifsKiYC4skrgDWWfMbX4QmOjRA2tuOOjPQzGZtta2aX4qdGiYgBbV3AKv_DdTnU2k7bmrd1docOqB17C5gPhf4.yahoo.invalid
Thu Oct 15 12:17:35 BST 2009

"Bells may not be the same as guitars, yet the same principles of tuning will apply, just as they do for guitars and all other musical instruments."

Not really. As regards rings of bells, they are generally only rung in one key (i.e. the keynote determined by the tenor). OK, this isn't an absolute rule (especially with higher-number rings including semitones), but by and large it is the case, and if the bells are tuned to an unequal temperament this can be chosen to suit the key they are in. Whether or not this same tuning system would sound discordant in another key is irrelevant - rings of bells are not chromatic instruments.


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