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The question is asked with slightly wrong premises. Any interval is named from bottom to top - lower note being the start point. So E to A will always be P4 - count up - E F G A in letter names. count down in letter names, it's the same P4! Start with A underneath, and it's P5. A B C D E, so it's never going to be P4. No need to worry about number of ...


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The best illustration of the tonal system is the representation in the piano or keyboard. As we can see there are 2 symmetries in the 12 keys. But there will be augmented fourths and diminished fifths from g#/ab to d and d to g# or ab. And it shows clearly that the interval e to a is 5th (down) or 4th (up). On the guitar you play efga on the E - string ...


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It's all about the direction in which you're moving. If you're moving from A up to E, it's a fifth, because A–B–C–D–E is five pitches. But if you're moving from A down to E, it's suddenly a fourth, because A–G–F–E is only four pitches. This is because the perfect fifth doesn't actually split the octave into two equal halves. Since the perfect fifth is ...


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I've always understood that the lower pitch of the harmonic second occurs on the left side: This is also true when additional pitches are added in. On beat four, the E is now on the right because the first second encountered is D–E (and no longer E–F). When you're writing separate voices, however, you write the higher pitch first, with the lower voice ...


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The way to "habituate yourself" to what music sounds like is to stop reading about it and start listening to it. BTW there is nothing specifically "Hungarian" about this. Composers in the Renaissance period didn't consider clashes between simultaneous ascending and descending melodic minor scales to be anything extraordinary. There are dozens of examples ...


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As you will see from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonance_and_dissonance, there are various definitions of consonance and dissonance. It's likely that Lloyd had a different notion of consonance in mind to your friends on Reddit - especially as he was active from the middle of last century. (What's the date for that specific quote?) How can I learn, or ...


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The C# examples are more likely to occur "in the wild" -- that is, in actual compositions. That is probably why C# were used instead of C.


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There’s nothing wrong with both what’s in the first table and what’s in your amended version. The “quality” of a diminished interval simply suggest how many semitones there are between the two notes, ie one semitone smaller than that of a minor interval. Take the interval of the diminished third for instance, the example given to you is C# to Eb which ...


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You can ask the Greek or look up the theories of Boethius, Glarean, Caspar Printz, Ernst Kurth etc ... The answers will be more traditional than opinion based. But did you look up wikipedia under characteristics / qualities of intervals? I did and couldn’t find much information. The key words are psycological effects of harmonical intervals The idea that ...


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