Introduction to Intervals
Music Theory: The Basics • 2m 9s
An interval is a distance between two notes. There are several different intervals. We measure these intervals by the number of half steps, whole steps, and their position in the scale.
You’ll begin to understand this just like you would when learning to speak a new language, so don’t worry about internalizing all these concepts right away. As you move through Guitar Super System, the terminology will all become second nature to you.
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