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The finer distinctions of pitch relation upon which this symbolism of fourteenths of a tone is based were made, as has been already stated, only in the ninth song and thereafter. In rewriting in the new form the records of the first eight songs, in which the single distinction of the Zuiii records was alone recognized, I have represented all the notes heard as markedly different from any harmonium semitone by the most easily distinguished among the intermediate signs, that for a seventh tone (28c) difference from them. In these songs this sign therefore represents a tone which may have been heard as further removed from the nearest semitone than the position of the sign indicates, e. g. (p. 48), the initial note in Snake Song No. 4 would have been noted in the same way at two phonograph rates representing an interval of -fa tone.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III