OK so I get ALOT of questions about Music Intervals.
Intervals are the distance between two points – so Music Intervals are simply the distance between to notes.
It’s simple, so don’t be discouraged I’m going to walk you through it all:
There are seven notes in Music (ABCDEFG). So the distance from A to E would be 5 intervals, because if you walk up ABCDE, then its 5 away – 12345
Let’s do another one:
The distance from C to F is 4, because F is 4 intervals away from C (CDEF or 1234)
So notice how the notes on the piano are written, now try to see how ‘F’ is four notes away from ‘C’
Got it? OK good. Now let’s assume you know what a Power Chord is. To refresh you, a Power Chord is also referred to as a ‘5’ chord. So instead of playing an ‘D Power Chord’, someone may simply refer to it as a D5.
The reason for this is simple once you understand intervals. Basically, a power chord consists of two notes – The Root and the Fifth. So a F5 power chord only has two notes in it – a ‘F’ and a ‘C’.
Let’s take a look at how these chords are played:
If this drawing confuses you, then be sure to check out this first video tutorial and this second video tutorial about power chords and intervals.
But there’s more! An Interval can either be Major, Minor, Perfect, Diminished, or Augmented. Let’s not get too crazy about this whole concept. We’ll just leave it at that, but understand that I can refer to an interval from A to E as a 5th (ABCDE). In addition, I can refer to A to Eb as a Flat 5th interval. But 5th intervals are also what we call ‘Perfect’. So A to E would be a perfect 5th interval, whereas A to Eb would be a diminished 5th interval.
I know you’re confused, which is why you should refer to my next post in a few days!