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natural harmonics

noun, (used with a plural verb) Music.
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harmonics of a note produced on a stringed instrument by lightly touching an open or unstopped sounded string.
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  • natural harmonics may be formed on the major triad of each open string, using the open string as the tonic.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • The class of harmonics produced in this manner are termed "natural harmonics."

    Chats to 'Cello Students Arthur Broadley
  • In Claude Debussy's compositions, his system of harmony and tonality is intimately connected with these laws of natural harmonics.

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