Tritones

WEDNESDAY, October 9, 2019

The forbidden interval…

It’s hard to believe, but even though we use the tritone frequently today, and it is also hugely important in jazz, long ago people avoided it at all costs. It lives right between the 5th and the 4th, also perfect 5th and perfect 4th. It has its own distinctive sound. You will never EVER need any other word for tritone unless you are writing music, and then you will only need the alt names for teaching someone how to write music.

Tritone is “three tones”…

The word “tritone” means “three whole tones”, which is also three whole steps or three major 2nds or three 2’s. It describes the size or width of this interval and is independent of names or spelling.

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