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A.C. Dega
post Dec 22 2009, 02:18 AM
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I've got a course on relative pitch training, they want us to memorize the spellings of all intervals but I keep getting some of my ascending fifths mixed up with descending fourths. Example. E up to A is a 4th. and E down to A is a fifth.

The ultimate goal of this is to automatically know every interval spelling so that you know a I- IV in C is CM to FM, Or that FM-CM-BbM is a I-V-IV in F without thinking

Does anyone have any memory tricks for remembering the "spelling" of intervals? Or keeping Ascending intervals Separate from there inversions in your mind?

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post Dec 22 2009, 02:22 AM
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QUOTE (A.C. Dega @ Dec 22 2009, 02:18 AM) *
I've got a course on relative pitch training, they want us to memorize the spellings of all intervals but I keep getting some of my ascending fifths mixed up with descending fourths. Example. E up to A is a 4th. and E down to A is a fifth.

Does anyone have any memory tricks for remembering the "spelling" of intervals?


The first notes of "twinkle, twinkle little star" is a fifth, or You can take whatever simple melody and use as a reminder. The same goes for the fourth, eg. use a melody You know as reminder. The reason that You mix it up is because that the inversion of the intervals is actually the same.....

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post Dec 22 2009, 02:27 AM
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QUOTE (Staffy @ Dec 21 2009, 07:22 PM) *
The first notes of "twinkle, twinkle little star" is a fifth, or You can take whatever simple melody and use as a reminder. The same goes for the fourth, eg. use a melody You know as reminder. The reason that You mix it up is because that the inversion of the intervals is actually the same.....

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Hey that Twinkle Twinkle thing is Awesome for Ascending Fifths. Thanks. Also For Descending Fifths I use "Oompa Loompa" from Willie Wonka.

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post Dec 22 2009, 02:42 AM
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QUOTE (A.C. Dega @ Dec 22 2009, 02:27 AM) *
Hey that Twinkle Twinkle thing is Awesome for Ascending Fifths. Thanks. Also For Descending Fifths I use "Oompa Loompa" from Willie Wonka.


No probs.. smile.gif I've learned this when I was at college long time ago and studying about the same as you...


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I was thinking maybe you'd remember by the sum always being nine. Given your example about E and A. Whatever the distance in one direction, the distance in the other irection MUST be the difference from nine.

Taking your example of E as the center point, E up to A is a 4th. and E down to A is a fifth
9 - 4th = 5th
9 - 5th = 4th

Expanding for intervals we might not consider:
E to F#: 2nd, 9 - 2nd = 7
F# to E: must be 7th



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post Dec 22 2009, 04:19 PM
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for the fifths I use the Superman theme,

fourths are easier because they are the typical cadencial interval at the end of a symphony for example.

Seconds/sevenths I use Blitzkrieg, the metallica cover, biggrin.gif


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