What are music intervals?
What are music intervals?: Technically, an interval is the distance between two different sounds or notes. Think of a measuring tape; you need intervals in music in order to classify chords, understand melodies and composing. Shall we learn music intervals today?
Music intervals explained
The number in an interval (2nd, 3rd, 4th...)
There is a number that shows the number of notes that contains the distance
A more accurate term to describe the distance
We have major, minor, augmented, perfect and diminished. Terms that express the distance in a more accurate way
Classification of the intervals according to time
We have harmonic and melodic music intervals. Harmonic intervals are notes that are played at the same time. Melodic intervals are played one note after the other
Classification of the intervals according to height
We can also see ascending intervals (one note that goes to another higher note) and descending intervals (one note that goes to a lower note)
Music intervals chart
This music intervals chart will help you analyze melodies and classify chords in seconds. The truth is that, gradually, you will get so used to analyze intervals that at some point in the future you won’t need anymore, as you will have them 100% internalized
Music Intervals Cheat Sheet
Download this music intervals worksheet in PDF!
Songs for Music Intervals
Thanks to these music interval – reference songs you will quickly get closer to the deep understanding of intervals, both in music theory context but also in practice, due to this ear training exercise.
Name of Interval
Nr of Semitones
Major 6th/Dim. 7th
Music Intervals - tips
Here you are some tips for you to remember the music intervals easily:
Music Intervals - Examples
In the next example you’ll see intervals of all kinds.
Music Intervals - Test (mini)
Name the music intervals above and then check the answers by clicking down here.