Music Intervals part 2

Discussion in 'Free School' started by gsbkv10, May 24, 2011.

  1. gsbkv10

    gsbkv10 Guest

    On the last thread, we learned what semitone is.
    When you play guitar or piano, you may play harmonies which is also known as 'chords'. You may heard what 'C chords' or 'D chords' are.
    In the C chords, the root note is C.
    In the D chords, the root note is D.

    When you measure intervals, you start from this root note.
    So when you go up 4 semitones from this root note, the note you're hitting is Major 3rd.
    When you go up 3 semitones from the root note, the note you're hitting is Minor 3rd.

    Why going up 4 semitones is Major 3rd rather than 4th?
    Forget about math. We're learning new counting.

    Look at the file I attached.

    When we play the '7th' (you may know what G7 chord is),
    it's actually 10 semitones from the root note, not 7 steps from the root note.
    That's why I said to forget about math. It is new counting system in music.
  2. Delfynasa

    Delfynasa Member

    the counting part is where my mind always suffers a meltdown! argh
  3. Delfynasa

    Delfynasa Member

    what are diminished and augmented intervals?
  4. ronny25

    ronny25 Member

    you learned the fundamentals to determining the name of an interval. Just to recap, here’s the chart I posted in my last online classroom lesson.
  5. Delfynasa

    Delfynasa Member

    am in town at the computer store printing off the interval chart! woohoo! Now I can study it and join in the discussion :)
    Thanks again!
  6. funktastic

    funktastic Senior Member

    augmented intervals are one semitone higher than perfect or major intervals
    diminished intervals are one semitone lower than perfect or minor intervals

    so, an augmented fifth is 8 semitones distant, just like a minor sixth, and a diminished fourth is 4 semitones distant, just like a major third

    but usually when you have a note 4 semitones distant you just call it a major third, not a diminished fourth... the diminished and augmented are more often used for the tritone (that note between the perfect fifth and the perfect fourth)

    it's kinda hard to explain without images bro...
  7. funktastic

    funktastic Senior Member

    now i just made this in paint, and i think this is the best way to understand augmented/diminished stuff, hope it helps ! :2thumbsup:

    feeling like a teacher here hahah
  8. Delfynasa

    Delfynasa Member

    need to go to the computer store again! Thank you so much.
    I really want to learn all of this stuff but it gets confusing...:confused:
    music geek wannabe:nopity:
  9. funktastic

    funktastic Senior Member

    ha i know music theory is such a wonderful thing

    this site is great

    quite some time ago ive looked some lessons of this guy, Ricci Adams, but they werent in english, so i just googled the name of the guy and it seems that those are the original lessons from which the other ones were translated... they are really good

    ah and remember this stuff is all about CLASSICAL music theory, once you feel you got enough of it, i suggest you to go and explore some different stuff like some oriental or blues theory ... it is really nice
  10. Delfynasa

    Delfynasa Member

    AWESOME!! Thanks tons for the link and the information!!!
  11. funktastic

    funktastic Senior Member

    im glad to help!
  12. Delfynasa

    Delfynasa Member

    you rock!
  13. funktastic

    funktastic Senior Member

    thanks bro any questions you got ill try to answer!

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