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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? :meh:

  2. 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.
  5. mnadelin


    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. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting 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.