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Intervals on the Bass Guitar

Interval basics

An interval in music is a measurement of distance and sound between two different notes. The first thing that you should understand in your interval journey, is what the intervals are in a major scale. Remember that the major scale is a constant in music theory. You will be using it again and again to compare and relate other topics.

C Major scale = C D E F G A B C

Below are all of the intervals from C in a C major scale.

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|_| = Major 2nd (M2)...AKA Whole step

 

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|___| = Major 3rd (M3)

 

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|_____| = Perfect 4th (P4)

 

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|_______| = Perfect 5th (P5)

 

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|_________| = Major 6th (M6)

 

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|___________| = Major 7th (M7)

 

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
|_____________| = Perfect 8th, or Octave (P8)

 

Page 2, playing the intervals of a major scale on the bass




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