Triads are the simplest of all chords. To create a chord you need two intervals. A triad, as its name indicates it, contains three tones. Basic triads contain two thirds. The positions and dimensions of these thirds determine the triads. Like in the case of scales, the basic triads are the major and the minor triad.
A scale consists of two tetrachords - for more information please go to our Major Scale section. Major scale is described as joyful, while minor scale represents the melancholic side of life. There are several forms of minor scales. All of them share an identical first section that by professionals is called minor tetrachord. We can identify it by a semitone between its 2nd and 3rd degree...
In the entry On How Musical Intervals Are Built it was already mentioned that besides major, minor and perfect intervals, there also exist diminished and augmented ones. One could ask what the reason for that is since our table covers intervals containing every possible number of available semitones. This is exactly what enharmonic is about, and has been mentioned in an earlier entry entitled Enharmonic - Does It really Complicate Our Lives?
Musical scale consists of seven subsequent notes. These notes are called scale degrees. Very many musical scales exist in the world – this variety results from the global cultural diversity.
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.
Interval recognition is difficult for everyone, especially at the very beginning. Only few are able to promptly recognize a new interval. For those who cannot do this, much help is provided by songs beginning with different intervals. The point is to associate melodies with intervals, and thus memorize, name or be able to sing the latter. Beneath you can find several examples.
A musical interval could be described as distance between two notes. While comparing two notes we can decide whether they have different or same frequency. You can train your notes comparison skills as played on various instruments with this exercise: Sound Comparison.
Recently we have launched a new exercise type. It is a game called "Musical Memory". Basically you are supposed to find identical sounds that remain hidden under the buttons. The game is enjoyable and interesting, and at the same time it trains your hearing and musical memory.
Ear training is a compulsory subject in music schools of all levels. Specific exercises are meant to help in recognizing complex sounds, such as intervals, chords, or rhythms. These three groups, together with the major and minor system permits to write down with notes any piece of music we hear.
Why is ear training so difficult? Usually it is due to lack of regularity in exercising.
But what does regularity have to do with ear training?...
We are happy to anounce that we have released Virtual Piano. This is a tool you can use to play simple melodies with your mouse or keyboard. Right now there are 3 instruments available with different scales.
EarTrainingMastery.com has just released a new ear training exercise for you. It is called Perfect Pitch. In this exercise you have to recognize what is the exact sound being played. This exercise is extremely important for your Ear Training and Music Skills.