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"The tale grew in the telling." The manual
for alt-tuner comes with a primer on tuning theory. They're both in
one PDF because there's a lot of overlap. The primer is a work in
progress, parts IV and V are unfinished. It's currently about 180
pages long. The manual for alt-tuner is about 120 pages long.

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**Alternative
Tunings: Theory, Notation and Practice, including the alt-tuner
manual**

309 page pdf, last updated: October 24, 2016

**Part I – An Introduction to Just Intonation**

Chapter 1.1 – A
Parable (*800 years of Western tuning practice
as personified by King Duplius and his wives)*

Chapter 1.2 –
Ratios, Cents, Primes, and Limits (*covers the
basic concepts of tuning theory)*

Chapter 1.3 – The
Harmonic Lattice *(explains lattices, a
powerful tool for exploring relationships beteween notes)*

**Part II – JI Color Notation** *(a
non-mathematical way to talk about frequency ratios)*

Chapter 2.1 –
Interval Names *(red, yellow, green and blue
intervals)*

Chapter 2.2 – Commas
and Wolves *(larger lattices and the
troublesome intervals they contain)*

Chapter 2.3 – Note
Names *(applies the color notation to A, B, C#,
etc.)*

Chapter 2.4 – Chord
Names *(names for over 50 different 7-limit
chords)*

Chapter 2.5 – Chord
Progressions, Scales, Keys and Modulations *(applies
the color notation to entire songs)*

Chapter 2.6 – JI
Staff Notation *(combines the color notation
with standard sheet music notation)*

Chapter 2.7 – Chord
Voicings *(how to find the most consonant
voicing of a 7-limit chord using all-odd-numbers ratios)*

**Part III – Further Out ***(the
extended harmonic lattice and higher primes)*

Chapter 3.1 –
Remoteness Classes *(how to compare ratios)*

Chapter 3.2 – Really
Remote Intervals *(an extremely large lattice,
and the patterns it reveals)*

Chapter 3.3 –
Paradoxical Intervals *(negative 2nds and
upside-down intervals)*

Chapter 3.4 – Purple
Intervals *(neutral intervals in 7-limit JI)*

Chapter 3.5 – The
Expanded Harmonic Lattice *(the deep blue and
deep red planes, and how they relate)*

Chapter 3.6 –
11-limit and 13-limit Intervals *(ratios with
higher prime limits)*

Chapter 3.7 – Higher Primes: 17, 19, and Beyond
*(even higher prime limits)*

Chapter 3.8 – Using Higher Primes in Chords
*(Aug chords, dim7 chords, flat-9 chords, etc.)*

**Part IV – Temperaments (unfinished)**

Chapter 4.1 – Basic
Tempering *(EDOs, scale step sizes, and moment
of symmetry scales)*

Chapter 4.2 –
JI-centric Tempering *(examples of comma pumps,
shifts and drifts)*

Chapter 4.3 –
Meantone Temperament *(tempering out the green
comma)*

Chapter 4.4 – Other Commas
*(lattice rank)*

Chapter 4.5 – Temperament Names Part I
*(color names for single-comma temperaments)*

Chapter 4.6 – Periods and Generators
*(non-octave periods, non-fifth generators)*

Chapter 4.7 – Adaptive Tuning With Alt-tuner
*(making just intonation work with any chord progression)*

Chapter 4.8 – Temperament Names Part II
*(color names for multi-comma temperaments)*

(unfinished, more chapters to come)

**Part V – Alternative Frameworks (unfinished)**

Chapter 5.1 –
Frameworks *(addresses the question "how
many notes to an octave?" from a world music perspective)*

Chapter 5.2 – The
12-tone Framework *(why 12 tones implies either
a heptatonic or pentatonic framework)*

Chapter 5.3 –
Pentatonicism *(what music theory would be like
if there were only 5 notes per octave)*

Chapter 5.4 – The
19-tone Framework *(how to tune and notate a
19-tone keyboard)*

Chapter 5.5 – The 22-tone Framework: Ups and Downs
*(how to tune and notate a 22-tone keyboard)*

Chapter 5.6 – 22-tone Staff Notation with Ups and Downs
*(Using ^ and v to notate "Tibia")*

Chapter 5.7 – Other Frameworks: The Scale Tree
*(how to notate any EDO or framework)*

Chapter 5.8 – Chord Names and Scale Names
*(A upminor, D downmajor, etc.)*

Chapter 5.9 – Guitar Frettings: Edos and Udos
*(how to make your own cable-tie frets)*

(unfinished, more chapters to come)

**Appendices**

Glossary/Index

A Guide to Shorthand Notation

A Guide to Microtonal Terms

**Part VI – The Alt-tuner Manual**

Chapter 6.1 – Overview & Setup

Chapter 6.2 – Quick Start: Basic Operation

Chapter 6.3 – Alt-keyswitcher

Chapter 6.4 – Basic Alt-tuner Preference Screens

Chapter 6.5 – Multi-keyboard Setups

Chapter 6.6 – Recording With Alt-tuner

Chapter 6.7 – Advanced Preference Screens

Chapter 6.8 – Advanced Topics

Chapter 6.9 – Advanced Examples

Chapter 6.10 – Hardware & Software Issues

Chapter 6.11 – Troubleshooting and Other Considerations

Chapter 6.12 – Customizing Alt-tuner

Appendix 1 – 3000 Ratios

Appendix 2 – Alt-tuner Flowchart

Appendix 3 – List of Clickable Items

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