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Working with Intervals (part 2) Major 2nd

Continued form part 1

In the previous article I stated that in order to understand intervals and their importance we need to listen to them.

In order to create a better feeling for the sound we also need to correlate that with playing.

Below are pictures and tab describing how to play the major 2nd interval on guitar and piano.

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As usual in the Key of C

:::Major 2nd:::

Piano Roll View:

Intervals:Piano Roll Major 2nd - Key of C

Staff View:

Intervals: Staff Major 2nd Key of C

Piano: play the two notes together,

Intervals: Piano, Major 2nd Key of C

Guitar TAB: play the two notes together,

Intervals: Guitar TAB Major 2nd Key of C

The above examples show the Major 2nd Interval being played together.

Try playing the notes seperately, ie C then E

See below,

Piano roll:

Intervals:Piano Roll Major 2nd Key of C

Staff View:

Intervals:Staff View Major 2nd Key of C

Piano: Play the ‘red dotted’ key first(C) then the ‘blue dotted’ key(D)

Intervals:Piano Major 2nd Key of C

Guitar TAB: First note is C Second note is D

Intervals:Guitar TAB Major 2nd Key of C

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Getting to grips with the Major 2nd as with all intervals should be part of your compositional and practical training.

Hearing the difference between a tone and a semitone is also important.

The Major 2nd is probably one that most people find harder to get to grips with when the notes are played together, tones played in this way clash, but sometimes that can be in a good way.

If you flatten the D in the Major 3rd you get a minor 3rd.

Practicing this interval as well will help tune you ears to the semitone.

Always let your ears be the best judge of what sounds good.

Played separately in a melodic sense the two notes close proximity should be listened to carefully.

All melody is built on intervals, listening carefully will help create and also transcribe melody, harmony, riffs and chord structure.

:::End of part 2:::

Working with Intervals (part 3) Major 3rd

Related Articles:
Theory: Working with Intervals (part 1)

Basics of chords – Triads, Modes and Spellings

The Major Scale and Intervals

Key Signatures – How to learn

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