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Old 11-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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I was wondering what the percentage of Pitch modification is per half step?

I believe per Step, its 15%. So half step is 7.5%

When I get bored of playing a song, I speed up the song and play with the higher pitch and increased speed with a Capo, and I go by the idea that 1 Step is 15% increase in pitch, so 2 then Capo goes on the second fret. Sometimes I increase the speed by pretty insane amounts, like 40% speed and the tuning is still correct.

This is the equation that I use, but is it right? Is there a sort of official equation?
It works perfectly fine for me.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #3
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What exactly are you asking?

When you increase the pitch of some form of audio, it increases it's pitch and it's speed.

So you take a guitar riff on a guitar tuned to D. You increase it's pitch by 15% and it now sounds like a guitar tuned in Standard, just played faster.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #4
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An octave means a doubling of the frequency, so a factor 2. Since an octave is twelve steps, you get the 12th root of 2 per half step, which is around 1.0594. This is for equal temperament only.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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I was wondering what the percentage of Pitch modification is per half step?

I believe per Step, its 15%. So half step is 7.5%

When I get bored of playing a song, I speed up the song and play with the higher pitch and increased speed with a Capo, and I go by the idea that 1 Step is 15% increase in pitch, so 2 then Capo goes on the second fret. Sometimes I increase the speed by pretty insane amounts, like 40% speed and the tuning is still correct.

This is the equation that I use, but is it right? Is there a sort of official equation?
It works perfectly fine for me.


One half-step should be the 12th root of 2 (go up 12 half steps, and you've doubled your frequency). I think this is a 5.94% increase. A whole step would be 12%. If you go up 15% instead, you're introducing about a quarter-step worth or error.

If that's "perfectly fine" your ear could probably use a little work.
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