EZ intervals intervals for reading

WEDNESDAY, October 9, 2019

Count letters when reading music.

This is purely visual and is solely dependent on what we see in written music or what white keys we are looking at on the piano. If you play black notes, this will not work – yet. Later it will, but with refinements.

You are moving from C to D, or E to F, or from any letter to the next letter in the musical alphabet. It’s a 2nd. Go the other way,  C to B, B to A, etc. Same thing. It’s a 2nd. Each line and space has a letter. You only count letters. Same thing. It’s a 2nd. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

You are moving from C to E, or E to G, or you skip one letter in the musical alphabet. It’s a 3nd. Go the other way,  C to A, B to G, etc. Same thing. It’s a 3nd. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

Continue with the same logic. Skip two letters. It’s a 4th. Same thing. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

Skip three letters. It’s a 5th. Same thing. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

Skip four letters. It’s a 6th. Same thing. It’s a 3nd. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

Skip five letters. It’s a 7th. Same thing. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

Skip six letters. It’s an 8th, always called an octave. Same thing. No matter how complicated the signs appear, including b’s, double b’s, #s and double #s (x), this is correct.

Continue this way as far as you wish. You can have a 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th. A 15th is two octaves.

This is air tight. It always works. It works in your hands, what you see. It works in  written music, because you also use letters in scores for lines and spaces. This beginning step is crude, so it will not help you hear. It’s a visual thing. You are allowed to add #s and b’s, including double #s and double b’s. C# Gb is a 5th. Dbb and Ax is a 5th. These are ridiculous, and you will (hopefully) never see them, but if you do, they are 5ths. No matter how crazy, ineffective or downright stupid these things are, they go by letters.

However: there are only 12 standard intervals for sound up to an octave, and you will never use or hear anything beyond those 12 when you are looking at your hands and listening. I’ll get to them next.

 

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