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Information about the minor thirteenth interval

Name

This is the minor thirteenth interval.

Abbreviation

This interval is abbreviated with m13.

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Construct

How to construct the minor thirteenth 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: A4

1 • The minor thirteenth spans 13 naturals.
C3  ↠  D3  ↠  E3  ↠  F3  ↠  G3  ↠  A3  ↠  B3  ↠  C4  ↠  D4  ↠  E4  ↠  F4  ↠  G4  ↠  A4
2 • The minor thirteenth has 20 semitones between the notes.
C3  ↠  D3  ↠  D3  ↠  E3  ↠  E3  ↠  F3  ↠  G3  ↠  G3  ↠  A3  ↠  A3  ↠  B3  ↠  B3  ↠  C4  ↠  D4  ↠  D4  ↠  E4  ↠  E4  ↠  F4  ↠  G4  ↠  G4  ↠  A4

Cheatsheet

The minor thirteenth transposed from each note

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

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