- Demetri Besougloff

# Blog #8: Let's look at the larger intervals: 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

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Blog #8 Intervals: 5th, 6th, 7th, and octave (8th)

Objectives: 1. Understand the steps to find an interval. 2. Recognize the different sizes of intervals. 3. Recognize the different qualities of intervals.

4. Use the Circle to navigate and find intervals.

**Interval**: The distance between two notes measured from the lower to the higher.
The simplest way to explain **intervals **is to use the Natural Note Circle in your workbook. There are two parts to measuring intervals. First, we ask how many **letters **(size) and then how many **dots **(quality) are between the two notes. Today, starting with the fifth interval, we will look at the distances between the natural notes. The natural notes are C, D, E, F, G, A, and B.

Parts of the interval:

**Size**: To identify the interval's size, we ask how many letters are from the lower note to the higher. They are**always**measured clockwise from the lower one to the higher one. Including both letters in the count will give us the**interval size**(2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.). Count the letters outside the Natural Note Circle to find the**size**of the interval.**Quality**: We must then recognize the quality of the interval. The quality can be somewhat complicated, and the Natural Note Circle will make this much easier to visualize. To find the interval quality count the number of dots (half steps) between the two notes.**Do not count the lower note's dot.**The same note is the same dot.

Fifth interval:
Let's look at the distance from one note to the fifth (skip three notes). Count the lower note as **one. **Moving clockwise, count the first note that we skip as **two**, the second as **three**, the third as **four**, and the higher note as **five**. We get C-G = 5th,
• D-A=5th, E-B=5th, F-C=5th, G-D= 5th, A-E = 5th, and B-F = 5th.

Quality of fifth intervals:

The Perfect 5th (P5) is

**three whole steps + a 1/2 step**(7 dots).The diminished fifth (dim5) is

**three whole steps**(6 dots)

Check this blog's end to understand the Perfect interval.

Working with the Circle starting on C, we can now explore the **quality **of each of the 5th intervals in the Major scale. For example,
• C-G is three whole steps + a 1/2 step (P5)

• D-A is three whole steps + a 1/2 step (P5)

• E-B is three whole steps + a 1/2 step (P5)

• F-C is three whole steps + a 1/2 step (P5)

• G-D is three whole steps + a 1/2 step (P5)

• A-E is three whole steps + a 1/2 step (P5)

• B-F is three whole steps (dim5)

There are two qualities of 5th intervals in the Major scale --Perfect 5th (P5) and diminished fifth (dim5).

**Diminished interval: **A diminished interval removes a 1/2 step from a Perfect or minor.

Sixth interval:
Let's look at the distance from one note to the sixth (skip four notes). Count the lower note as **one. **Moving clockwise, count the first note that we skip as **two**, the second as **three**, the third as **four**, the fourth as **five**, and the higher note as **six**. We get C-A = 6th,
• D-B=6th, E-C=6th, F-D=6th, G-E=6th, A-F=6th, and B-G=6th.

Quality of sixth intervals:

The Major 6th (M6) is

**four whole steps + a 1/2 step**(9 dots).The minor 6th (m6) is

**four whole steps**(8 dots).

Working with the Circle starting on C, we can now explore the **quality **of each of the 6th intervals in the Major scale. For example,

C-A is four whole steps + a 1/2 step (M6)

D-B is four whole steps + a 1/2 step (M6)

E-C is four whole steps (m6)

F-D is four whole steps + a 1/2 step (M6)

G-E is four whole steps + a 1/2 step (M6)

A-F is four whole steps (m6)

B-G is four whole steps (m6)

There are two qualities of 6th intervals in the Major scale --Major 6th (M6) and minor 6th (m6).

Seventh interval:
Let's look at the distance from one note to the
seventh (skip five notes). Count the lower note as **one. **Moving clockwise, count the first note we skip as **two**, the second as **three**, the third as **four**, the fourth as **five**, the fifth as **six**, and the higher note as **seven**. We get C-B = 7th,
• D-C=7th, E-D=7th, F-E=7th, G-F=7th, A-G=7th, and B-A=7th.

Quality of seventh intervals:
• The Major 7th (M7) is **five whole steps + a 1/2 step **(11 dots).

• The minor 7th (m7) is **five whole steps **(10 dots).

Working with the Circle starting on C, we can now explore the **quality **of each of the 7th intervals in the Major scale. For example,
• C-B is five whole steps + a 1/2 step (M7)

• D-C is five whole steps (m7) • E-D is five whole steps (m7) • F-E is five whole steps + a 1/2 step (M7)

• G-F is five whole steps (m7) • A-G is five whole steps (m7)

• B-A is five whole steps (m7)

There are two qualities of 7th intervals in the Major scale --Major 7th (M7) and minor 7th (m7).

Eighth interval (octave):
Finally, let's look at the distance from one note to the eighth (skip six notes). Count the lower note as **one. **Moving clockwise, count the first note that we skip as **two**, the second as **three**, the third as **four**, the fourth as **five**, the fifth as **six**, the sixth as **seven**, and the higher note as **eight**. We get C-C = octave (8th),
• D-D = octave (8th), E-E = octave (8th), F- F = octave (8th), G-G = octave (8th), A-A = octave (8th), and B-B = octave (8th).

Quality of eighth intervals:
• The Perfect 8th (P8) is **six whole steps **(12 dots).

Working with the Circle starting on C, we can now explore the **quality **of each of the 8th intervals in the Major scale. For example,
• C-C is six whole steps (P8)

• D-D is six whole steps (P8)

• E-E is six whole steps (P8)

• F-F is six whole steps (P8)

• G-G is six whole steps (P8)

• A-A is six whole steps (P8)

• B-B is six whole steps (P8)

There is one quality of 8th intervals in the Major scale --Perfect 8th (P8).
Let's do a quick review. First, count the letters clockwise from the lower note to the higher one. The number of letters will give you the **size **of the interval. When counting the letters, include both. Next, count the dots on the Natural Note Circle. The number of dots will give you the **quality **of the interval. When counting the dots, remember to count the first dot as zero.

Have fun with the 5th, 6th, 7th, and octave (8th) intervals.

Demetri Next, Blog #9: Harmony-Primary Chords

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Interval quality:
When talking about interval **quality**, the fourth, fifth, and octave intervals are **Perfect **in quality. However, the second, third, sixth, and seventh intervals could be better; they have Major or minor qualities. In addition, all intervals can be Augmented or diminished.