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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by thirdeye, Oct 12, 2002.
It's something evil isn't it?????
Tritone - an evil musical interval of three whole steps.
Also known as the b5, or flat fifth.
So an F,G and A is a tritone??????????????
No. 3 Whole steps up. So like in C, the tritone would be Gb. I think.
No, the intervalic distance from F to B is a tritone.
its also known as the augmented 4th or sharped 4th
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..."
It's the key. To everything.
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.
And, of course, the opening of YYZ by Rush. Tritones up the wazoo.
Many will argue the Lydian mode should be the true "major scale".
I like the lydian mode, and the dorian and phrygian.
that said, I like mixolydian, locrian, ionian, and aoelian too
Well, it is the brightest mode, but who cares? If it was, would Locrian be the true minor scale?
That's not the reason, POT. You need to listen to understand....
I had to listen to figure out which is darkest and lightest
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 .
diabolus in musica...