• Nov 26, 2021 - 08:45

Hi. I just can't seem to get intervals. I tried counting back but that's tricking me with the minor.
The biggest problem is when it begins on another note of the staff and counting. All the ones I study begin from a default note such as D. This doesn't help when the test question is from A or top G.
Has anyone found a trick to understand this?
I think I've got it, then blam, it trips me up. Truly I'm just sick and tired of them.


In reply to by mpvick

I didn't understand your post, either.
What throws you is the half step between B and C, and E and F. It used to help me to visualize a piano keyboard. Count intervals in half steps. A major third will always be the same number of half steps no mater what note you start on.

In reply to by mpvick

"thanks cadiz1. I'd forgotten I'd posted before."
Personally, I didn't understand it either your message. And that's why I referred you to your other thread where Marc had left an .mscz file.
"Then dont' reply. Musicians know what Intervals are? cheers."
I (and we) do reply and want to help you on this forum, but I sense a lot of confusion with this point of intervals. Moreover, there are many resources available on the net, also, or books of theory that can be found everywhere. For example, this Wiki link (, where you can also hear these main intervals


To determine the interval from A to G, as explained previously, all you need to know is a major scale starting form the bottom note (A). An A major scale has a G# as the seventh note, so A to G# is a major seventh. G is one half-step smaller with the same note name, so instead of a major seventh, it is a minor seventh. it really is as simple as that. The "Nth" note of a major scale is a perfect (4, 5) or major (2, 3, 6, 7) "Nth" above the start note. Any interval that uses the same letter name but is smaller is minor or diminished; same letter name but larger is augmented.

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