How to Recognize Descending Intervals

Updated: May 18, 2019

Learn to recognize descending intervals with these songs. For ascending intervals click here.


Descending Minor 2nd


Für Elise

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

https://youtu.be/_mVW8tgGY_w



Especially

Between "Espe" and "ci" is a minor 2nd.

https://youtu.be/IimqpTcrakU




Descending Major 2nd


Mary Had a Little Lamb

The major second is from "Ma" to "ry".

https://youtu.be/CkRdvGmcCBE



Yesterday

From "Yester" to "day" is a major 2nd.

https://youtu.be/fCV9oqtwyVA



Descending Minor 3rd


Hey Jude

The first two words are a minor 3rd apart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQER0A0ej0M



The Star Spangled Banner

The two notes contained in the first word "Oh" are a minor 3rd (this version is worth a listen all the way through).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qZe8aB7plU#t=0s




Descending Major 3rd


Summertime

The first word "Summer" is sung on a descending major 3rd.

https://youtu.be/XivELBdxVRM



Giant Steps

The first two notes make a descending major 3rd.

https://youtu.be/g8QnKWPYRCs




Descending Perfect 4th


Under Pressure

This classic bass line is a descending perfect 4th.

https://youtu.be/a01QQZyl-_I



Softly, As is a Morning Sunrise

The first two notes of the melody at 00:08 seconds are a perfect 4th.

https://youtu.be/UkN4fm7E0cw




Descending Tritone (Augmented 4th/Diminished 5th)


Evenflow

From "Free" to "zin'" is a descending tritone.

https://youtu.be/q90DPCu_-zk




Descending Perfect 5th


The Way You Look Tonight

A perfect 5th is from "Some" to "day".

https://youtu.be/IKpNL2Nm9SM



Game of Thrones Theme

The first two notes of this recording are a descending perfect 5th. Don't worry if you miss them, the main theme begins with a descending perfect 5th as well.

https://youtu.be/s7L2PVdrb_8




Descending Minor 6th


100 Years

Between "fif" and "tee" you can hear a minor 6th.

https://youtu.be/tR-qQcNT_fY




Descending Major 6th


Man in the Mirror

A major 6th is found between "I'm" and "start" at 01:07.

https://youtu.be/PivWY9wn5ps?t=67



Descending Minor 7th


Something Wonderful

Beginning from 01:00 the first two words, "He will" are a minor 7th apart.

https://youtu.be/Z6h_WbxkHZg?t=60



Descending Major 7th

I Love You

From the "love" to "you" is a major 7th.

https://youtu.be/nXIXknT-iQ8



Descending Octave


Someone to Watch Over Me

Starting at 01:42 the words "watch" to the "o" of over is a descending octave.

https://youtu.be/2bj_c66kH-Y?t=102



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