Very often, the following question is raised: actually, what is the reason for diverse verbal representation of notes if they have the same pitch?
True. However... it has not always be like that. Imagine that some time ago, there was a pitch difference between F sharp and G flat!
Intervals that we have discussed until now are called main or simple. We have also briefly mentioned compound intervals, however little has been explained on what they are.Compound usually means that something is made from several pieces. This is also the case of compound intervals. These are intervals larger than perfect octave.
Much has already been said on intervals. They have been topic of another blog entry, too. Intervals are of particular importance because they constitute basic elements for building more advanced melodic structures. However, there are some other things one should know about intervals, among others also interval inversion.
Musical Intervals - basics includes the number of semitones in simple intervals. Now it is time to learn how they are built. As we have recently explained, the semitone is the smallest interva. Being the smallest, it is used as reference point for other intervals.
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Semitone is the smallest interval in the musical system we use, i.e. equal temperament. No additional sound can be inserted between two sounds constituting a semitone! Semitone exercises and training can be found in the INTERVALS section, and now let us start with a little theory.