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What is a "Tritone"?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by thirdeye, Oct 12, 2002.


  1. It's something evil isn't it?????:)
     
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Tritone - an evil musical interval of three whole steps.
     
  3. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Also known as the b5, or flat fifth.
     
  4. So an F,G and A is a tritone??????????????
     
  5. just_a_poser

    just_a_poser

    Apr 20, 2002
    No. 3 Whole steps up. So like in C, the tritone would be Gb. I think.
     
  6. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    No, the intervalic distance from F to B is a tritone.
     
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    its also known as the augmented 4th or sharped 4th
     
  8. Try playing the interval described above (three whole steps, or flatting a fifth, or raising the fourth a half step, however you choose to think of it). It sounds odd, right? It's right between a perfect fourth and perfect fifth. Think of the melody from Maria in West Side Story. "Ma-ri-a..." The interval from the first syllable to the second is a tritone, then up a half step to the fifth. Same deal with the Simpson's theme. "The Simp-sons..."
     
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    It's the key. To everything.
     
  10. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    A tritone is an interval 6 semitones, and can be either an Augmented 4th or a Diminished 5th (they are different, technically). Like funk_engineer says, West Side Story and The Simpsons theme are full of them! The Simpsons theme is based on this interval. In fact it's a very important interval in harmony (actually it's exactly half an octave) - 3 and 7 in a dominant seventh chord form a tritone, and if you play a series of tritones descending chromatically, you get a cycle of 5ths of dominant seventh chords. E.g. F# and C are 3 and 7 of a D7 chord, and going down chromatically gets you D7 G7 C7 F7 Bb7 etc.
     
  11. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    And, of course, the opening of YYZ by Rush. Tritones up the wazoo.
     
  12. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Many will argue the Lydian mode should be the true "major scale".
     
  13. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I like the lydian mode, and the dorian and phrygian.
    that said, I like mixolydian, locrian, ionian, and aoelian too :)
     
  14. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Well, it is the brightest mode, but who cares? If it was, would Locrian be the true minor scale?
     
  15. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    That's not the reason, POT. You need to listen to understand....
     
  16. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I had to listen to figure out which is darkest and lightest :D
     
  17. My favourites are Phrygian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.

    Lydian does sound least offensive, but Ionian sounds to me to be the most rounded - 'bright ' and 'dark' if you will.

    At the end of the day it's just pitch anyways :D.
     
  18. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    diabolus in musica...
     
  19. SLAAAAAAAAAAYYYEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!
     
  20. Um, no.