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Doubly diminished fifth

In music theory, a doubly diminished fifth is an interval that has five half steps (semitones). Explanations and excerpts from famous works

In music theory, a doubly diminished fifth is an interval that has five half steps (semitones ).

The doubly diminished fifth requires that:

• The interval must be a fifth interval (five note names between the first and the last).
• The interval must have five half steps.

What does a doubly diminished fifth look like?

Here is an example of a melodic doubly diminished fifth (two music notes in a melody) and a harmonic doubly diminished fifth (in a chord):

How to recognize a doubly diminished fifth?

Rule of music theory: All intervals in a major scale starting with the tonic (degree I) are either major or perfect, and only unison, octave, fourth and fifth are perfect (the others are major).

Example with the interval F♯ / C♭:

Let's take the F major scale to have F as the tonic:

From the rule stated above, the interval F♮ / C♮ is a perfect fifth, so the interval F♯ / C♮ is a diminished fifth, and so the interval F♯ / C♭ is a doubly diminished fifth.

Inversion of the doubly diminished fifth

The inversion of the doubly diminished fifth is the doubly augmented fourth.

Here is an example of a doubly augmented fourth:

Musical examples of doubly diminished fifth

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