Introduction: Essential Reading for Intervals Series


This series is created to give a very in-depth and practical knowledge of Intervals. There are no shortcuts taken.

We are going to work with common musical terminology related to Note Names, Intervals, basic Chord Building, and a thorough understanding of why these terms were created and how they are constantly used in Music Theory.

Intervals are the basis of EVERYTHING. From single-notes, to harmony, to chords, to extended chords, pretty much every aspect of music, Intervals are 
at to foundation of it. So, to have a good understanding of Intervals is like laying down a concrete foundation for the House of Music Theory.

Now we could take the simple and quick approach. I could give you these images below then move on to other things. But, knowing and understand what these are 
and a detailed knowledge of how they became to be is essential to becoming very quick with music theory, to be able to form your own logic as to why things 
that we play work.

Cycle of Notes:

A     A#/Bb     B      C    C#/Db       D       D#/Eb       E       F        F#/Gb      G     G#/Ab      A 
   \   /          \   /   \    /  \   /          \     /   \    /           \    /   \     /  \      /           \   /   \  /           \   /          repeat...
    H            H      H     H             H       H              H       H       H              H     H             H

Chromatic Interval Names:

Note Name:     C     C#/Db      D       D#/Eb             E               F            F#/Gb         G          G#/Ab             A              A#/Bb      B        C
Interval Name:  R     b2/b9      2/9      #9-b3     M3-b4/b11      4/11      #4/#11-b5      5       #5-b6/b13     6/13-bb7           b7         M7     R

Even if this looks familiar to you I suggest reading through the series on Intervals as it shows how these idea come to be from the ground up. It will give even someone with a good background on it an even better understanding and use of Intervals.

All of these terms are also used throughout every one of my other tutorials.


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