How to Recognize Ascending Intervals

Updated: May 18, 2019

Learning to recognize ascending musical intervals using these songs!


Ascending Minor 2nd


How Insensitive

The first two notes of the melody are a minor second.

https://youtu.be/XxVWqOdn150



Jaws Theme

At 00:45 seconds you can hear a minor second played over and over again.

https://youtu.be/A9QTSyLwd4w



Hard Day’s Night

The first two words of this song are a minor 2nd.

https://youtu.be/AMSiHdrHl0g




Ascending Major 2nd


Happy Birthday

The first two words are a major second.

https://youtu.be/90w2RegGf9w



Do Re Mi (Doe a Deer)

From Do to Re is a major 2nd.

https://youtu.be/bJJUG_Elt5g



Falling Slowly

The first two words are a major 2nd.

https://youtu.be/4fj9ZoUr1XA




Ascending Minor 3rd


Greensleeves (What Child is This)

The first word ”Alas” contains two separate notes which are a minor 3rd apart.

https://youtu.be/kdjYlrvVFNo



Smoke on the Water

The interval between the first two chords at the very beginning of the song is a minor 3rd.

https://youtu.be/zUwEIt9ez7M



Georgia (On My Mind)

The word “Georgia” contains an ascending minor 3rd.

https://youtu.be/QL3EZwSJAh0




Ascending Major 3rd


Can’t Buy Me Love

The first two words of the song are a major 3rd apart.

https://youtu.be/h3WJiqc_bEs



I Can‘t Get Started With You

The first two words contain an interval of a major 3rd.

https://youtu.be/DFwWoXTMKrw



Girls Like You

From "twenty" to "four" is a major 3rd.

https://youtu.be/aJOTlE1K90k




Ascending Perfect 4th


Love Me Tender

The first two words are a perfect 4th apart.

https://youtu.be/2lD711_Xh8s



Star Wars "The Force" Theme

The first two notes of the theme are a perfect 4th.

https://youtu.be/HcZ9kQ1h-ZY



All the Things You Are

Don't miss the first two notes, they are a perfect 4th.

https://youtu.be/aWa6aChSf1w




Ascending Tritone (Augmented 4th/Diminished 5th)


The Simpsons Theme Song

From "The" to "Simp" is a tritone.

https://youtu.be/ECHdeVdHWWA



Maria

Starting at 00:32 seconds from the syllable "Ma" to "ri" is a tritone.

https://youtu.be/DyofWTw0bqY




Ascending Perfect 5th


Twinkle Twinkle, the "Alphabet Song" (ABC Song)

A perfect 5th from the first to the second "twinkle". In the "Alphabet Song" from "B" to "C".

https://youtu.be/G0mnPCi5lS8



I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

From the first to the second word is a perfect 5th.

https://youtu.be/uqv5b0UjR4g



Scarborough Fair

The interval between "you" and "goin'" is a perfect 5th.

https://youtu.be/4Ccgk8PXz64




Ascending Minor 6th


Black Orpheus

Right at 00:14 seconds you can hear a minor 6th.

https://youtu.be/R4aJWz0ysDk



The Entertainer

Right at the 00:06 second mark you can hear an ascending minor 6th

https://youtu.be/fPmruHc4S9Q




Ascending Major 6th


My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

A major 6th is found between "My" and "bon".

https://youtu.be/Io9MPyXE2K0



NBC Chimes

The first two notes of the chimes are a major 6th apart.

https://youtu.be/96rA-QgXL58



Ascending Minor 7th


Somewhere

Beginning from 01:02 the first two words are a minor 7th apart.

https://youtu.be/_SQ4ogstDVE



The Winner Takes it All

At 01:05 the word "winner" contains a minor 7th.

https://youtu.be/92cwKCU8Z5c



Ascending Major 7th


Don't Know Why

From the first to the second word is a major 7th.

https://youtu.be/tO4dxvguQDk



Take On Me

At 00:53 seconds between "Take" and "on" is a major 7th.

https://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914



Ascending Octave


Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The first word, "Somewhere" contains an octave.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU



Blue Bossa

Starting at 00:12 seconds the first two notes are an octave apart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUxv3AAaK_Y




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