Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 30, 2000 at 09:33:08:
In Reply to: 3rds, 5ths, etc. posted by Brett on December 30, 2000 at 00:43:08:
: can someone please explain to me how you determine a third, fifth, and seventh of a root note?
Ok, let's see what we can do here...
It's easiest to explain if we think of a piano keyboard:
Third - 2 whole steps or 4 half steps above the root (tonic), i.e., C to E;
Fifth - 3.5 whole steps or 7 half steps above the tonic, i.e., C to G;
Seventh (Minor) - 5 whole steps or 10 half steps above the tonic, i.e., C to Bb
Seventh (Major) - 5.5 whole steps or 11 half steps above the tonic, i.e., C to B
Hope that helps!
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