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September Monthly M-ship: Intro + Unison and P8ve

September is a GREAT month to start our Monthly Musicianship ("M-ship") series, starting with INTERESTING INTERVALS! For the next 12 months, I'll briefly define the interval, and include a 1-page freebie download with links so you can HEAR what that interval sounds like on its own, and in a song. First some quick background:

  1. INTERVALS are the Building Blocks of MUSIC. An INTERVAL is the distance between 2 notes. Pitch is the sound we hear. Notes are how we write those sounds. When you sing from one pitch to the next, you’re singing an INTERVAL.

  2. HALF-STEPS (or semi-tones) are the Building Blocks of INTERVALS. The smallest interval in Western music is a ½ step or minor 2nd (m2) or semi-tone. There are 12 half-steps in a diatonic scale (a scale with 5 whole steps and 2 half steps).

  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).

This month we celebrate the PERFECT UNISON & PERFECT 8ve.

Have a look & a listen with the freebie handout attached!

And for a link to sample songs for ALL the intervals, click here:

Monthly Musicianship-SEP-P8+Unison
Download PDF • 315KB

NEXT MONTH? Spooky m2!


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