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Does it have to be bagpipes? I've been learning to play harmonica this year, would that be a good substitute?
You can suck at playing the harmonica (see what I did there?) but it is at least in tune. Bagpipes rarely are in tune… what is worse than one bagpipe? Two or more.
 

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You can suck at playing the harmonica (see what I did there?) but it is at least in tune. Bagpipes rarely are in tune… what is worse than one bagpipe? Two or more.
I do see what you did there...

One of the things I don't get about harmonicas, though, is that they might not actually be completely in tune. I think that the variety I might be settling with is tuned to/using/[whatever musical jargon I don't understand] 'equal temperament', which sounds like a more precise tuning method, so I'm wondering if most other harmonicas are just slightly out of tune, but in a way that works for the instrument.

But when I started I wasn't using the type with equal temperament, checked it with a tuning app on my phone, and it seems fine. So I really just don't understand it.

Also, one of my harps is tuned to F, it's high enough that I'm pretty sure it makes dogs in my neighborhood uncomfortable. I bet it would disrupt a family argument or two.

Anyways, I've gotten us off topic. Anyone have some pictures of owls with words under them?
 

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One of the things I don't get about harmonicas, though, is that they might not actually be completely in tune. I think that the variety I might be settling with is tuned to/using/[whatever musical jargon I don't understand] 'equal temperament', which sounds like a more precise tuning method, so I'm wondering if most other harmonicas are just slightly out of tune, but in a way that works for the instrument.

But when I started I wasn't using the type with equal temperament, checked it with a tuning app on my phone, and it seems fine. So I really just don't understand it.

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Equal temperament just means that the frequency ratio between any two adjacent notes (including all the sharps and flats) is constant. Two similar notes, an octave apart have a frequency ratio of 2.0. So, the "A"s are at: 110, 220, 440, 880, 1760, 3520, etc. Since their are 12 intervals in an octave, the frequency ratio of them all needs to be the twelfth root of 2 (2^[1/12]), or 1.0594631 in order to be equally tempered.

Most instruments that play fixed frequency notes: harmonica, piano, guitar, etc. are usually tuned to be equally tempered. Other instruments, like unfretted string instruments, can adjust the frequency of notes, so they are not inherently equally tempered. Some musical passages may benefit from playing some notes slightly off from their equally tempered frequencies.

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