Music theory: interval training

And of course everyone says it’s about the mnemonics.

interval number of semitones ascending example descending example
Minor 2nd 1 Jaws Jaws
Joy to the World
Major 2nd 2 Happy Birthday
Norwegian Wood
Friday – Rebecca Black (see below)
Minor 3rd 3 The Impossible Dream
Smoke on the water
Hey Jude
Major 3rd 4 Oh When the Saints
Do (a) Deer
Perfect 4th 5 Here Comes the Bride
Born Free
Tritone / Diminished 5th
/ Augmented 4th
6 Maria (West Side Story)  n/a ?
Perfect 5th 7 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do You Hear What I Hear?



Minor 6th 8 The Entertainer Love Story Theme
Major 6th 9 My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Way

Sweet Caroline

Man in the Mirror

Minor 7th 10 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The winner takes it all
There’s a Place For Us (Somewhere)
An American in Paris
Major 7th 11  Bali H’ai

The Winner takes it all

Octave 12 Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Hi-Ho (introductory bit – Snow White)

 There’s No Business Like Show Business

This person has done something pretty useful – making a Spotify list to illustrate some intervals.

Woh! It just gets better.

More up to date songs here.


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