Information about the major third interval

Name

This interval is called: Major third

Abbreviation

You can use the somewhat shorter name "M3" to indicate a Major third.

Construct

How to build a major third interval?

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

  1. Count the amount of naturals used
  2. Count the steps between de two notes

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

The following example is for a major third from C3. Outcome: E3

1.
A Major third uses 3 naturals.
Example: C3 D3 E3
2.
A Major third has 4 semitones between the notes.
Example: C3 C#3 D3 D#3 E3

Cheatsheet

Tranposed for each note

You can use the following cheatsheet to check the Major third for each root note.
Cb3 ↠ Eb3
C3 ↠ E3
C3 ↠ E3
C3 ↠ E3
C#3 ↠ E#3
C3 ↠ E3
Db3 ↠ F3
D3 ↠ F3
D3 ↠ F#3
D3 ↠ F3
D#3 ↠ F##3
D3 ↠ F3
Eb3 ↠ G3
E3 ↠ G3
E3 ↠ G#3
E3 ↠ G3
E#3 ↠ G##3
E3 ↠ G3
Fb3 ↠ Ab3
F3 ↠ A3
F3 ↠ A3
F3 ↠ A3
F#3 ↠ A#3
F3 ↠ A3
Gb3 ↠ Bb3
G3 ↠ B3
G3 ↠ B3
G3 ↠ B3
G#3 ↠ B#3
G3 ↠ B3
Ab3 ↠ C4
A3 ↠ C4
A3 ↠ C#4
A3 ↠ C4
A#3 ↠ C##4
A3 ↠ C4
Bb3 ↠ D4
B3 ↠ D4
B3 ↠ D#4
B3 ↠ D4
B#3 ↠ D##4
B3 ↠ D4