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Old 10-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Difference between pitch and tone?

Please explain. Google was my friend, but not a very good one.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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It's sort of a hard question to answer when both words have multiple meanings.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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I might be wrong, but i have been lead to believe that pitch is the note, tone is the quality (but not like timbre)
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #4
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well pitch refers to the frequency of the note

tone can mean either a step(whole tone or semi tone) or how the instrment sounds the tone of the instrument can be dark(usally means bass amphasis) or bright (treble emphasis) and anywherer in between

i hope this helped
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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@ macashmack: Yes. A guitar can have a good tone but pitch means the note you play. For example if you play fret 5 and 7 on the A string, the seventh fret will be higher pitch than fifth fret. And by adjusting the EQ, your tone gets more bassy or trebly.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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I would characterize tone as the timbre, provided your not refereing to tone as a whole step in pitch like supersac suggested.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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pitch is 1 frequency only. Tone is the result of a fundamental plus additional pitches (overtones). This is why pure sine waves of a given frequency will all have the same tone (if using the same equipment for both)

A bright tone is caused by emphasis of higher frequency overtones. A dull or hollow tone emphasizes the fundamental frequency
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:13 PM   #8
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Tone is a word with multiple meanings.

Pitch just means how high or low the note is, the frequency of the sound.

Tone can mean that ...

Or it can mean a whole bunch of other things. Guitarists often use it to mean timbre - that is to say, the various qualities of sound other than pitch and volume, which is mostly a function of the various overtones in play. Using this definition words like "woody" "harsh" "smooth" "round" "bright" would be descriptions of tone.

But of course it can also mean the overall emotional feel of something. Sad. Light. Happy. Dark. Obviously this is connected to "timbre" but it's a little more abstract.

Hope that helps.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:35 AM   #9
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Please explain. Google was my friend, but not a very good one.


Pitch is how high or how low something is. A tone is the name we give to the pitch, regardless of how high or low it is.

High C and low C. One has a high pitch, one a low pitch. They're both instances of the tone C.

Except that people often use the terms interchangeably. And tone has other meanings ( timbre, character, volume, colour)
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:14 AM   #10
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In music class, we defined pitch as the frequency of a note, and tone as any sound which has a pitch, as opposed to, say, the noise of a jackhammer.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:50 AM   #11
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@ macashmack: Yes. A guitar can have a good tone but pitch means the note you play. For example if you play fret 5 and 7 on the A string, the seventh fret will be higher pitch than fifth fret. And by adjusting the EQ, your tone gets more bassy or trebly.


Finally, what dozens of articles at so called "Good sites" couldnt explain for shit. Ty.
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