Making Music With The Interval Of The Devil (The Tritone)

Tommaso Zillio

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tritone interval devil

One of the most maligned intervals ever: the tritone!

It's been variously called 'the interval of the devil', 'diabolus in musica', 'the most dissonant interval' - all labels subject to opinions of course.

It's been considered unusable, unsingable, even unplayable. Or maybe it simply got a lot of bad PR.

Because in reality the tritone is one of the most used and in fact indispensable intervals in music. Most of the music we listen to could not exist without it. And if you are a guitar player, you need to know how the tritone looks (on the fretboard) and sounds, and you need to know how to use it too!

In this video we learn together about the tritone, his troubled history, how it's used in music, and we get up to the famed tritone substitution and exactly how it works and how you can use it. Don't miss this video:

And after you have seen the first video, have a look at this other one where we work directly on the fretboard to create interesting chords with a 'core tritone'.

You will also see how much easier it is to work on the tritone substitution if you think directly on the fretboard rather than just in theory.

Isn't that tritone substitution sounding great? And isn't it much easier on the fretboard rather than in theory?

If you like that "directly-on-the-fretboard" approach, then make sure to check out the Complete Chord Mastery guitar course that takes you from the very beginning to super-advanced topics like jazz substitutions and chord melodies.


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