Interval Identification | Interval Of A Sixth (6 of 10)

Similar to an interval of a second and an interval of a third, an interval of a sixth can also be either Major or minor.

Minor Sixth Intervals

An interval of a minor sixth occurs when two notes are separated by the distance of eight consecutive half steps.

Remembering that two half steps equals one whole step, eight half steps can also be looked at as being comparatively the same as three whole steps and two half steps.

Using this pattern of steps, let's figure out what an interval of a minor sixth above the note A is.

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One whole step above the note A is the note B.

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Another whole step above the note D is the note E.

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A half step above B is the note C.

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And finally, a half step above E is the note F.

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The notes C and D are separated by a whole step.

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As you can see, an interval of a minor sixth above the note A is the note F.

Major Sixth Intervals

On the other hand, an interval of a Major sixth occurs when two notes are separated by the distance of nine consecutive half steps, or four whole steps and one half step.

Knowing this, let's figure out what an interval of a Major sixth above the note G is.

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A whole step above the note G is the note A.

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A whole step above the note C is D.

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Another whole step above A is the note B.

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And finally, a whole step above the note D is the note E.

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A half step separates the notes B and C.

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An interval of a Major sixth above the note G is the note E.