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What are Melodic Intervals?

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Question: What are Melodic Intervals?
Answer: The distance between notes is called an interval. When you play notes separately, one after another, you are playing a melody. The distance between these notes is called a melodic interval. Let's use the piano keys to illustrate the different types of melodic intervals:

Melodic 2nds - Distance from a white key to the next white key, either up and down the keyboard. On the staff melodic 2nds go from line to space and vice versa.

Melodic 3rds - When you skip a white key, that's a melodic 3rd. On the staff it goes from space to space or from line to line.

Melodic 4ths - Skipping 2 white keys; on the staff melodic 4ths go from line to space or space to line.

Melodic 5ths - Skipping 3 white keys; on the staff melodic 5ths go from space to space or from line to line.

Melodic 6ths - Skipping 4 white keys; on the staff it goes from line to space or space to line.

Melodic 7ths - Skipping 5 white keys; on the staff it goes from space to space or line to line.

An octave is when you skip 6 white keys. For example from C to C, E to E or G to G. On the staff an octave goes from line to space or space to line.

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