October 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM
What is your favorite musical interval?
Minor 2nd - Jaws
Major 2nd - Frere Jacques, Happy Birthday
Minor 3rd - Greensleeves, This Old Man (slowed down, that's the Barney Song)
Major 3rd - When the Saints Go Marching In
Perfect 4th - Amazing Grace, Here Comes the Bride
Augmented 4th (Tritone): Maria, The Simpsons
Perfect 5th - Scarborough Fair, Twinkle Twinkle
Minor 6th - Love Story
Major 6th - My Bonny Lies Over The Ocean, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Minor 7th - Somewhere (West Side Story)
Major 7th Bali Hai (first and third note of the tune)
Perfect Octave - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Actually, the poll is here if you want to take it: http://www.twiigs.com/poll/Entertainment/Music/84661. It wouldn't embed. You can also just post your answers!
I always thought the perfect fourth was beautiful.
There is something that is just cool about an augmented 4th. I also like the minor 6th and its melancholy tone. I have a hard time with perfect 4ths and 5ths for some reason, I don't hear them well and sometimes get them mixed up with each other. Just not a "perfect"-ionist, I guess.
I always thought of the theme from the original Star Trek for the minor 7th.
Augmented fourth!!! :)
Here are some tunes I use for teaching intervals:
m2 - Barber of Seville Overture (opening), Dark Eyes (Otchie Chornya)
M3 - Holy Holy Holy, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Bach E Major Violin Concerto 1st movt. opening
m6 - theme song from the original Lassie TV series
M6 - tune from the old NBC logo, On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn)
8ve - Bali Hai (between first and second notes)
It would be great if more people would post contemporary tunes for learning intervals - many of the tunes I know aren't familiar to young kids today (but the converse is probably also true)! :)
That would be boring. My favorite interval is like my favorite girlfriend: the one I have now :-)
Diabolis in musica.
...and I always used to think that intervals were for having drinks and snacks in!
I can't vote as my favourite interval is the unison. Just think of all the wonderful rock riffs, Celtic music, Middle Eastern music, chanting, minimalist music, jazz big bands where 4 trumpets, 3 trombones and 5 saxophones play a unison written out solo.
Regarding violins all the wonderful unison lines in disco music, or the unison cellos on Beatles recordings. No other interval is as powerful.
Context is everything. I'm fond of the D-Flat octave jumps towards the end of the 1st movement of the Barber violin concerto.
i agree with Bill Platt's post :)
Interesting and helpful post and thread. Thanks!
Although I have no particular favorite intervals in classical repertoire there is occasionally to be found in Irish fiddle music a fourth that is a quarter of a tone sharp – in the key of G it is halfway between C and C#. In the right context it has a peculiarly haunting quality.
In case anyone is wondering, it is not a C or C# being played out of tune, for the fiddler will play a correct G on the Eing, a correct F# on the D, and a correct C-nat on the Aing, but he may play that sharpened C on the A for a special emotional effect once or twice in the tune when he feels it is appropriate. In Ireland I've heard the sharpened fourth called a "lonesome" note.
The West Side Story music was basically one song, Maria. Every other piece was a variation of that. My favorite interval, rehearsal break and join the mob running for the bathrooms.
has anyone else tried the gnu solfege for interval recognition? I tried it and my guess were worse than random and did not improve. Any suggestions on how to improve at interval recognition?
Diminished 9th -- Moonlight Sonata, first movement.
I mean, why stop at an octave?
Mark -- try picking them out on the piano. Sometimes the visual aspect of the keyboard can provide a little extra mental advantage.
Nothing beats fretted instruments (guit, mando, uke, banjo etc) for recognizing. You can see and count them.
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