View Poll Results: What is your favorite open interval to hear played?

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  • minor second

    1 3.03%
  • major second

    0 0%
  • minor third

    2 6.06%
  • major third

    0 0%
  • perfect fourth

    5 15.15%
  • tritone

    2 6.06%
  • perfect fifth

    7 21.21%
  • minor sixth

    2 6.06%
  • major sixth

    4 12.12%
  • minor seventh

    3 9.09%
  • major 7th

    3 9.09%
  • octave

    0 0%
  • minor 9th

    1 3.03%
  • major 9th

    3 9.09%
  • other (please specify)

    0 0%
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Thread: Favorite Interval (struck)

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    Question Favorite Interval (struck)

    I think my favorite is the perfect 4th. It has a gutsiness to it; for some reason I love hearing perfect 4ths played simultaneously or parallel. I think my least favorite might be the perfect 5th, which sounds too open for my sensibilities, and the major 7th, which I just don't have too many fond experiences. (I tend to enjoy minor and major 2nds though).
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    Put all three of our interval choices together, and you get a delicious-sounding major ninth chord with the ninth on the bottom.

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    I voted for the major 9th, although I am not sure I could tell it apart from a major 2nd.
    Last edited by Stavrogin; Dec-21-2015 at 21:05.
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    This is my favourite chord when I play guitar is made like this:

    F#
    B
    F#
    B
    C#
    F#

    What is it?
    B what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stavrogin View Post
    This is my favourite chord when I play guitar is made like this:

    F#
    B
    F#
    B
    C#
    F#

    What is it?
    B what?
    Looks like an F# suspended fourth. Traditionally, the B would be a remnant of the previous harmony, and resolve down to A#, hence the name suspension. If you had to analyze it on B, it would be a B suspended 2nd in inversion...but that would not happen in common practice music.
    Last edited by Mahlerian; Dec-21-2015 at 21:37.

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    That's a quartal harmony...it's hard to say it resembles a triad without a 3rd of some variety. It also depends on context within a harmonic progression, but on its own it's ambiguous.
    Last edited by Gaspard de la Nuit; Dec-21-2015 at 21:39.
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    Come to think of it, I think that in guitar tabs that's usually indicated as Bsus2. Does this make sense?

    In one of my favourite songs it would be followed by a F#, a C#m, a E and then Em.

    EDIT - I only now read Mahlerian 's reply. Yeah I guess that' s it.
    Last edited by Stavrogin; Dec-21-2015 at 21:57.
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    I have a special fondness for minor 9ths, but I'm not sure I would call it the best interval (certainly not the most useful). It also depends on whether you mean "interval" harmonically or melodically. As for melodic intervals, I think fourths are the most interesting. My favorite harmonic interval is probably the major seventh or minor sixth - but the real answer to the question is: all of them.

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    I love to play perfect fourths ... mostly occurs when I have to improvise during a church service to fill a void in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stavrogin View Post
    This is my favourite chord when I play guitar is made like this:

    F#
    B
    F#
    B
    C#
    F#

    What is it?
    B what?
    Are these notes listed low to high, or high to low?

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    I went with the ninth, too. Being accustomed to guitar, I like the ninth with other intervals. But the interval alone is just fine.

    Major sixth being very close behind. Depends on the tonic note, really, oddly, for me.
    Last edited by Avey; Jan-04-2016 at 06:51.

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    I said perfect fifth because I'm boring, I guess.

    Second choice would be major seventh.

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    I voted for the major 9th.

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    Perfect fifth is the most magical!
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    I'm not sure if this is in the rules but I quite like resolutions (retardations, appogs, whatever you would like to call them) in the classical style along the lines of V (4-3) and I (4-3), so I suppose that I like 4ths that are prepared/unprepared resolving to the third. Perhaps I should get out more with my anorak and go train-spotting, yes?

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