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Those un-named do not coincide exactly with any tone of the modern musical scale, VII is approximately
It "will be seen on inspecting the above table, that the partials occur according to a certain fixed law; viz., the vibrational numbers of the partials, commencing at the fundamental, are proportional to the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, &c. Thus, theoretically, the above table may be indefinitely extended. Practically, the first twelve or more may be verified with a harmonium and a couple of resonators ; those above, are best observed on a long thin metallic wire, or an instrument of the trumpet class, in which the higher partials are very prominent.
By experiments, similar to those which have been recommended in the case of the piano, it is easy to convince oneself, that nearly all the tones produced by stringed and wind instruments, are com-