Lesson 4: Intervals Overview

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After three weeks of just looking at intervals on the neck of the guitar this week I decided to back off the guitar and use this as a chance to just discuss the orders of intervals and offer advice on memorizing them should you not already have them committed to memory.

If you have any questions or if I have not explained it clearly enough please do fire an email my way.


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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

2 thoughts on “Lesson 4: Intervals Overview

  • August 13, 2011 at 5:07 PM
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    ok, but what the hell is a minor/major/perfect/diminished/augmented x supposed to be?:) how and what for do i use this?

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    • August 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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      I’ll try and give you a good explanation. Bear with me.

      All I really did here was prattle off the names of the intervals themselves. My goal wasn’t to demonstrate how to use them, but rather to offer a resource to understand the terminology used in music. Each interval references a specific distance which represents a specific sound. Understanding that can help you find certain emotions you wish to convey easier. For example. If you wanted to play something sad then generally you’d stress fewer Major 3rds and 6ths.

      I’ve reflected a lot on these “lessons” I’d done. In hindsight I don’t stand by them as valuable resources. I’m not one to offer things I wouldn’t want for myself, so these are on a hiatus until I can think of a better approach.

      All the same you took the time to watch them and I do appreciate that. Hats off, dude. You rock.

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