3.6 Perfect fifth

 

Category: Harmony | Tags: Intervals

Theory

In Chapter 1.11 Second, third, fourth and fifth you’ve learned what a fifth is. In this chapter, you will learn about the perfect fifth. In the videos and examples I show how to make perfect fifths. You are going to make perfect fifths yourself in the exercises.


1. What is a perfect fifth?

The fifth from C to G is called a perfect fifth and is made up of seven half steps (three whole steps and one half step).

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The perfect fifth C G is made up of three whole steps and one half step.

There is no major or minor fifth. The perfect fifth has an open and consonant character.

cd Ch.3.6 Perfect fifthThe perfect fifth C G.

 

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Examples

How is a perfect fifth build?

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2. Perfect fifths

 

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Examples

Which tones do you get if you make perfect fifths on the natural notes?

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3. Practise

Harmony exercise 3d: Practise making perfect fifths on the natural notes.


Harmony exercise 3e: Practise making perfect fifths on all notes.

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