How to Count Intervals in Music

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You can count intervals in music by keeping a few specific things in mind. Count intervals in music with help from a producer and musical director in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Cliff Wallach Greenberg. I'm a music instructor here at Rok On Studios. Today we're going to learn how to count intervals in music. So, what are intervals? Intervals are the way that we measure the distance between two notes, sort of like inches when we measure the distance between two points. So, let me go to the guitar, I'm going to show you how to count intervals. Starting with our root note G, we're going to go and count up an interval of a fourth. So, what that would be would be counting a G, A, B, C. So, our interval from G to C would be called the interval of a fourth, G to C, because we have G, A, B, C. Another thing we can do is change octave while using the same notes, G to C. What intervals do in music is they create interesting harmonies, they create interesting melodies, and depending on which intervals you use, will produce different sounds. For example, G to C is a fourth, G to B is a third, and G to A is a second. This has been Cliff Wallach Greenberg, and that's how you count intervals in music. Thanks for watching.

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