Whole steps & half steps (Tones & semitones)
An interval is the difference in pitch between two sounds, like a distance between two pitch.
If you consider the C Major scale, the intervals between two consecutive music notes are not identical, I will explain that later.
British and American Musical Terms
Below are the equivalence of two terms:
|Whole step (noun)||Tone (noun) (but as an adjective, whole-tone scale = whole-tone scale)|
Whole steps & half steps (Tones & semitones ) in the C Major scale
- The smallest interval between two pitches is a half step (semitone ) .
- One tone contains two semitones.
Here are the intervals between consecutive notes in the C Major scale:
There is only one half step (semitone ) between E and F notes, and only one half step (semitone ) between B and C note.
And here is the distribution of whole steps and half steps (tones and semitones ) on a keyboard, you can have the impress that black keys are missing, each interval between 2 green points is a half step (semitone ):
Here is a game to play with half steps (semitones ):
Others articles from this category:
Diatonic and chromatic half steps (semitones)
Diatonic and chromatic half steps (semitones): Learn the difference between diatonic and chromatic half steps (semitones) and learn how to recognize them.
External links to learn more about :
1 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitone
2 - https://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory7.htm
3 - https://musicterms.artopium.com/w/Wholestep.htm
4 - https://musicterms.artopium.com/s/Step.htm