Why Musical INTERVALS Are Confusing [Worst-Named Music Theory Concept]

Tommaso Zillio

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Property damage is the last thing you would expect to happen when you are learning music theory, right?

Unless you are around me.

I’ve become famous for my - erm - “animated” ways of learning music theory.

Especially when I was younger whenever I got frustrated I was prone to occasional fits of book-throwing rage. It was the book’s fault, I swear!

… ok, maybe chalk this up to my (then) young age and obvious immaturity?

Oh who am I kidding. I still do it, and I’m not “younger” anymore.

And yes, I’ve been known to hit various objects with my voluminous projectiles…

… at least two reading lamps , one vase, one computer monitor…

(one of the lamps can still be seen in some of my older YouTube videos. Pre-accident of course)

… and in at least one occasion I left a dent in the wall.

Ok, the wall was not really built to withstand a high-speed “Harmonielehre” attack, and the book had quite a heft to it… but still, I’s say I have quite a good throwing arm.

“Be passionate about what you do” they say. They never warn you about how you are going to justify it to your wife…

So, you see, I do understand when people write me and say they are frustrated about music theory. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, sold the t-shirt to raise the money to repair the wall…

One of the things that I found - and still find - the most maddening is the names we use for musical intervals.

You know… major 3rd, perfect 5th, and all that nonsense.

If I knew 20 years ago what I explain in this video, it would have saved me tons of frustration.

It will probably be the same for you after you watch it:

If you have any doubts about intervals, here you will find an easy-peasy introductory video on them:

And here’s a few tricks to play these intervals on guitar and create interesting music:

If you want to learn music theory in a logical and systematic way… and also be able to use it to make great music on your guitar…

… then check out the Complete Chord Mastery guitar course. Don’t wait!


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