hi....ok another naive sounding question...
why do we listen in "perfect fifths"?...
ok... so our diatonic system can be explained through fifths.....ie.....major minor....and the other 5 modes are just stacks of fifths. If we restrict ourselves to the white notes on the piano (only for ease of explanation...thinking)... then C to B is the following: F, C, G, D, A, E, B.
I suppose this means that our musical system is based on fifths. If you look at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th partial of the Harmonic series you get a pretty concrete impression that our musical world is governed by fifths (Nr.2...C to Nr.3...G is a fifth............Nr.3..G.....to Nr...4...C... is a fourth which is the inversion of Nr.2...to .... Nr.3).
Now out of this one could come up with the sentence....'we hear in fifths'. But why? It's a bit of a disappointing answer to say.....well it's because of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th partials in the Harmonic series..
Does anyone have a better answer for why 'we hear in fifths'? Or does anyone think that this hypothesis absolutely wrong is and have a better one to offer?
thanks again! hope i'm not too confusing in my explanation!