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Information about the major seventh interval

Name

This is the major seventh interval.

Abbreviation

This interval is abbreviated with M7.

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Construct

How to construct the major seventh interval?

To construct an interval correctly you must always use two steps.

1 • Count the amount of naturals used
2 • Count the semitone steps between the two notes

At first, and with easy intervals, this may seem unnecessary, but when advancing to more difficult intervals and musical keys they will become more mandatory.

The following example is for a minor second from C3. Outcome: B3

1 • The major seventh spans 7 naturals.
C3  ↠  D3  ↠  E3  ↠  F3  ↠  G3  ↠  A3  ↠  B3
2 • The major seventh has 11 semitones between the notes.
C3  ↠  C3  ↠  D3  ↠  D3  ↠  E3  ↠  F3  ↠  F3  ↠  G3  ↠  G3  ↠  A3  ↠  A3  ↠  B3

Cheatsheet

The major seventh transposed from each note

C
B
C
B
C
B
D
C
D
C
D
C
E
D
E
D
E
D
F
E
F
E
F
E
G
F
G
F
G
F
A
G
A
G
A
G
B
A
B
A
B
A

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Chords

Which chords use the major seventh interval?

Scales

Which scales use the major seventh interval?

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