quick theory question

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by slapcracklepop, Nov 9, 2005.

1. slapcracklepop

Jun 28, 2005
Boston, MA
Anyway I was just a little bit confused on this. You know how E-F and B-C dont have accidentials? Does that mean E-F/B-C is a whole step or a half step?

Thanks

2. Low E Louie

Jan 5, 2004
Stockholm, Sweden
Half step

3. slapcracklepop

Jun 28, 2005
Boston, MA
Thanks. I'm not sure why but ill chalk it up to "just because".

4. JimmyM

Apr 11, 2005
Apopka, FL
Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
Because there's only a half-step interval between the notes as opposed to a full-step interval between the notes of the other letter names. Don't try to make sense of it. Just accept it.

Apr 6, 2003
Kalamazoo, MI
Haven't you heard of B#?

6. Hookus

Oct 2, 2005
Austin, TX
Yeah, you may actually have a B#, Cb, and so on, simply because of the scale. It may be written as B#, for example, but play the C note. This is because you should not really see a C and C# in the same scale, it would be B# and C#.

This would only be in real wierd circumstances, like referring to a Db scale as C#, or a B scale as Cb, or in the F# and Gb scale.

7. BoplicitySupporting Member

It might help you to know that a half step is the distance of one fret. A whole step is the distance of two frets.

To move from B to C (or C to D) on your fretboard, you move only one fret, so that is soncially a half step.

What may be confusing you is that not all notes in the major scale are a whole step (two frets) apart. The formula for the major scale is:

W W H W W W H

...meaning whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step

You can play the major scale using that formula no matter what note you start with.

Whole steps and half steps are examples of intervals which are the sonic distances between notes. By learning to recognize the various intervals by ear, you will go along way toward being able to play be ear.