The Westminster Chime Sequence•

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  1. bangster

    bangster Moderator
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    Jan 1, 2005
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    The Westminster Chime uses four notes, which I label 1 2 3 4 from high to low. These correspond to the four chime bars.Canonically, these are notes in the key of E major, but individual chime bar sets may vary.

    These notes are arranged in five different sequences:

    I = 1 2 3 4
    II = 3 1 2 4
    III = 3 2 1 3
    IV = 1 3 2 4
    V = 4 2 1 3

    The Quarter Chimes use these sequences:

    1st Qtr: I
    Half: II, III
    3rd Qtr: IV, V, I
    Hour: II, III, IV, V

    Throughout the cycle, the sequences always follow the same order: I, II, III, IV, V, I, II, III, IV, V. That's because the full sequence involves two revolutions of a single pin drum/pin barrel.
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