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If it's January, it's Major 3rd Month!

Three cheers for a NEW YEAR and a MAJOR INTERVAL . . . MAJOR 3RD, that is! The interval of a third is a very important interval: it is the middle note of a chord, and determines if a chord is major or minor.

Sample songs for an ASCENDING MAJOR 3rd are When the Saints Go Marchin' In" and Marine Hymn.

Sample song for a DESCENDING MAJOR 3rd is Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

January is MAJOR 3rd month! Some reminders:

  1. INTERVALS are the Building Blocks of MUSIC.

  2. HALF-STEPS (or semi-tones) are the Building Blocks of INTERVALS.

  3. The QUALITY of an interval can be either Major, Minor, Perfect, Augmented, or Diminished.

  4. MAJOR or MINOR intervals are 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th.

  5. PERFECT, AUGMENTED, or DIMINISHTED intervals are Unison, 4th, 5th, and 8ve.

  6. A MINOR interval is ½ step smaller than a MAJOR interval (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th).

  7. A DIMINISHED interval is ½ step smaller than a PERFECT interval (Unison, 4th, 5th, 8ve).

  8. An AUGMENTED interval is ½ step larger than a PERFECT interval (Unison, 4th, 5th, 8ve).

Have a look & a listen with the freebie interval doc attached!

Monthly Musicianship-JAN-M3
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