Minor and major 3rds

Continuing our analysis of the relationships between notes, let’s look at minor and major 3rds.

If we start on a randomly selected note, the minor 3rd is three frets up. Imagine sound as a see-saw. To my ears, the minor 3rd sounds just like that – as if there is an invisible balance between the starting note and the one 1½ semitones up.

The major 3rd is more difficult to describe. When I play it, I automatically see the early morning sun in my mind. I know that sounds flaky but it’s what really comes to mind. If the minor 3rd is an even balance, the major 3rd is another step up – another new beginning.

Try it out for yourself to see what I mean, or, like last time, come up with your own analogies you can relate to best.


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