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Intervals

John Rice (551) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
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Intervals

In this lesson I have tried to outline some of the basics of intervals. At this point the work is not complete. I wanted to get this part out and solicit feedback from the WholeNote community. I believe this lesson covers the basic theory behind intervals with some focus on how they relate to the guitar. What I would like to follow with are one or more lessons on using intervals on the fretboard. For example, single string scales in 3rds, 6ths, and 10ths, equi-distant systems, and the creation of triads, 7th chords, and arpeggios. So, with that said, here's the first installment. Let me know what you think.

The smallest interval is the half-step. The term half-step has its roots in music history and the way music developed as a system. On the guitar, a half-step is the distance between any two adjacent frets. A whole-step is built from two adjacent half-steps. The diagram below shows half steps and whole steps on the guitar.

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