As soon as you take a Wind River chime home, you’ll be inspired to build a choir. But besides picking complementary color palettes and finding space to hang them, there are many musical elements to keep in mind. Here are some helpful hints for pairing your Wind River chimes.
Match chimes that share the same tonal key (see chart on product page). Two chimes that share the same scale will naturally harmonize, regardless of size or pitch.
As you pair chimes in different tonal keys, try to combine them based on the intervals between their keys. Ideally, you want to combine chimes whose tonal keys create perfect fifths or octaves. Here’s how to understand intervals:
As you move from low-pitched notes to high-pitched notes, the order of notes in a two-octave C Major musical scale looks like this, left-to-right.
A musical note’s relationship to another note is called an “interval.” Starting with the lower-pitched note, as your pitch rises, counting left-to-right above—you can determine the interval between two notes.
For example: The relationship between (lower) D and (higher) A is called a “fifth.” The relationship between (lower) A and a (higher) C is called a “third.” The relationship from B back to a higher- or lower-pitched B is called an “octave.”
Intervals tell you which notes sound pleasant alongside other notes. Octaves always sound good together. Fifths also create beautiful harmonies—much like the sound of violin or cello strings played together.
To pair your chimes, start with the larger chime, because it has the lower pitch. Identify which tonal key it’s in (see the chart on its product page). Then, counting up on the scale from left-to-right, identify which smaller, higher-pitched chimes you’d need to create a fifth or an octave.
Chimes whose keys are thirds, fourths and sixths apart can sometimes create beautiful harmonies. But try not to pair chimes whose tonal keys are two adjacent notes on the scale above—like A and B, or E and F. The interval between these notes is only a whole or half step apart, which can create a discordant sound.