Intervals - the basics

by Bill on April 4, 2011

An “interval” is the technical name for the distance between two notes, although it’s also used to describe the particular character of two notes being played together - a “major third”, “perfect fourth” and so on.

It’s useful to understand intervals, because they help you describe music independent of key - i.e., without having to refer to specific notes. This video tutorial covers the basics:

As you can see, there’s a bit of technical language involved in intervals, but it’s worth knuckling down and learning the basics, because understanding how they work and how they are labelled is incredibly useful.

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Richard June 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Good explanation of intervals. This video has a lot of value but would be better still if the volume level had been a bit higher. Keep up the good work!

Bill June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

Glad you like it! Yep, the volume was a pain with these vids for ages - I was uploading them to YouTube with everything turned up full, and they were still quiet. Now I’ve changed the format everything seems OK, so the later ones should be a bit more listenable!

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