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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Understanding Intervals

The C major scale offers seven notes that can be used in any order or combination. When one note is heard after another, or even when two notes are played at the same time, the ear and mind analyze their relationship. This analysis takes place on numerous levels. When it occurs in relation to the pitch of the notes, the ear and mind are focusing on the pitch relationships. This relationship between notes in terms of their pitch—that is, how high or low they are—is called an interval (see Figure 6.1).

Figure 6.1. Interval of fifth on a keyboard. (Be patient—you’ll get an explanation of why this particular interval is called a fifth a bit later in this chapter.)

Intervals are vitally important components of music. In ...

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