Steps and 2nds

WEDNESDAY, October 9, 2019

Semitone and half step…

These are two terms for the same thing. Use one or the other, or use them both interchangeably. You play a key, white or black, then either move to the very next one or play them both together. This is the smallest distance we can describe on the piano. It’s the smallest difference we ordinarily have to hear. The name for this is a minor 2nd or b2. It has an alt name, but leave that for later.

whole tone and whole step…

These are also two terms for the same thing. You can also use one or the other, or use them both interchangeably. You play a key, white or black, then either move two keys away, skipping exactly one key. The key you skip can be either white or black. This is the second smallest distance we can play or move on the piano. The name for this is major 2nd or 2. I won’t mention this again, but there are alt name that are used only for writing music. They are not only not important for listening, they are utterly useless for listening.

 

 

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