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Information about the minor second interval

Name

This is the minor second interval.

Abbreviation

This interval is abbreviated with m2.

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Construct

How to construct the minor second 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: D3

1 • The minor second spans 2 naturals.
C3  ↠  D3
2 • The minor second has 1 semitones between the notes.
C3  ↠  D3

Cheatsheet

The minor second transposed from each note

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

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Chords

Which chords use the minor second interval?

Scales

Which scales use the minor second interval?

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Martijn Ensing
3 months ago

Today's topic: "What is a minor second?" In this video you will learn how to construct and identify a minor second interval in 30 seconds. Including some examples and common mistakes.