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Song beginnings to remember intervals

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by leanne, Jun 14, 2004.


  1. leanne

    leanne

    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Any suggestions for common songs that demonstrate whatever interval at the beginning?

    ie: some examples

    minor 2nd : theme from Jaws
    major 2nd : Happy Birthday
    minor 3rd : Whole Lotta Love
    perfect 4th : Auld Lang Syne
    flat (diminished) 5th : Maria from west side story (start of chorus)
    perfect 5th : Twinkle Twinkle...
    major 6th : My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
    octave: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    (I know there used to be a thread like this but I can't find it)
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Another Major 6th-
    "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear".
    ;)
     
  3. Minor 7th - Star Trek theme (the original show)
    p4th = Here Comes the Bride

    1/6/4 - NBC chimes
     
  4. jgbass

    jgbass Guest

    Dec 17, 2003
    Another Minor 7th -

    There's A Place For Us -- West Side Story Song
     
  5. leanne

    leanne

    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    ...still trying to come up with one that's a major 7th, ascending. That's what brought on this thread. :D
     
  6. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    That was the General Electric Company's chime...they were a big NBC sponsor way back when.
    So, it's-
    G-E-C
     
  7. leanne

    leanne

    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    No kidding! Heh, that's genius :)
    I wonder who came up with it. And look how it stuck. That's so cool.
     
  8. leanne

    leanne

    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    I saw a post on another board that said the beginning of Take On Me is a major 7th. I don't have a recording of the tune handy, can anyone confirm this?
     
  9. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    This one may work (mp3 file).
     
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    If you're talking about the Led Zeppelin tune, it starts with a perfect fourth. The riff is A-D-B-D-E... Not B-D-B-D-E.

    For augmented fourth / diminished fifth, the intro to Rush's YYZ is a good example. Also the "Black Sabbath" riff (it starts with an octave, but the tritone is what gets stuck in your head). The theme from "The Simpsons" works, too.
     
  11. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I've just re-listened the song. Maybe the confusion is because John Paul Jones plays B-D-B-D-E when he enters (maybe for an implicit minor 7th chord?). Sometimes they play B, sometimes A, which I prefer (that's the very beginning of the song, anyway).
     
  12. bassjus

    bassjus

    Mar 30, 2004
    Mass
    perfect 5th - TOP GUN THEME!

    how could anyone forget that!
     
  13. Ceora is an ascending major seventh.
     
  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
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    the 1st and 3rd notes of the vocals in "The Imigrant Song", is what I always use...
     
  15. jgbass

    jgbass Guest

    Dec 17, 2003
    If you are trying to sing this you might sing the lower note, think up an octave and then sing the next possible lowest note. Works for me. Or sing the lower note and go into the Immigrant Song phrases a Major 7 above.
     
  16. kjones

    kjones Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    Maryland
    The intro to Rikki, Don't Lose that Number.
     
  17. and JPJ's first two notes in Ramble On.


    Octave: Take Me Out To The Ball Park