Understanding Diatonic Intervals

Simple and Compound Diatoinic Intervals

Published: 02 Jan 2005 Updated: 12 Nov 2022Visits: 106Code: UL31

Topic: Intervals Instruments: music Subjects: Theory • Intermediate • Advanced • Intervals • Ear

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An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending.

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Simple and Compound Intervals are taken from a major scale.

Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.

Understanding Diatonic Intervals…

Calculating The Distance Between Two Notes

The distance part of an interval can be determined by counting the lines and space from the bottom note to the top note.

Major Second: C to D

  • Frere Jacques, Do A Dear, Silent Night, First two notes of a major scale.

Major Third: C to E

  • Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, When the Saints Go Marching In, Kum By Ya, Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (The Beatles), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Perfect Fourth*: C to F

  • Here Comes the Bride, The Look of Love, Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne, Love Me Tender

Perfect* Fifth: C to G

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, My Favorite Things, Theme from Star Wars, Hey There Georgie Girl, Can't Help Falling In Love, Blue Skies

* All intervals of a Diatonic Major Scale are Major unless both notes of the interval are in each other major scale. Then the interval is called Perfect.

Major Sixth: C to A

  • My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, the N B C theme, I Heard the Bells, Take the A Train

Major Seventh: C to B

  • Major Seventh: ( Do - Ti (Si) ) i.e., C to B
  • Theme from Fantasy Island

Ukulele Major Scale

Here is how the Simple Diatonic intervals layout on with the open position C Major scale on ukulele.

  • Joy to the World is the descending major scale.

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