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Whole steps & half steps (Tones & semitones)

Interval

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 notes are not identical, I will explain that later.

British and American Musical Terms

Below are the equivalence of two terms:

united states of americaunited kingdom
Whole step (noun)Tone (noun) (but as an adjective, whole-tone scale = whole-tone scale)
Half stepSemitone

Whole steps & half steps united states of america (Tones & semitones united kingdom) in the C Major scale


- The smallest interval between two pitches is a half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) .
- One tone contains two semitones.

Here are the intervals between consecutive notes in the C Major scale:

Tones and semitones in the C Major scale

There is only one half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) between E and F notes, and only one half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) between B and C note.


Tones and semitones in the C Major scale

And here is the distribution of whole steps and half steps united states of america (tones and semitones united kingdom) on a keyboard, you can have the impress that black keys are missing, each interval between 2 green points is a half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom):

Semitones on a keyboard

Here is a game to play with half steps united states of america (semitones united kingdom):

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Others articles from this category:

Diatonic and chromatic semitones

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



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