Songs to learn musical intervals

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A common way to recognize intervals is to associate them with reference songs that you know well. For example, the song Amazing Grace begins with a perfect fourth. So when you hear an interval that sounds like the 2 first notes of Amazing Grace, you know instantly that it's a Perfect 4th. 

How to use the EarMaster Interval Song Chart

  • Select one song for each ascending and descending interval. You can unselect the genres you don't want to see using the buttons above the list.
  • Click on the "Create Song list" button at the bottom of the page to generate a printer-friendly chart with your list of songs.
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Interval Ascending Descending

Minor 2nd

Major 2nd

Minor 3rd

Major 3rd

Perfect 4th


Perfect 5th

Minor 6th

Major 6th

Minor 7th

Major 7th


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If you have suggestions for new songs to include, please go to the Interval Song Examples forum and post a comment.

About the videos
Each song includes a link to a video example hosted on YouTube, with the sole purpose of providing a musical excerpt to illustrate each interval. If you feel that your copyright has been infringed by one of the video examples, please contact YouTube to have it removed from their website, and send us a notice so that we can delete the infringing material from the list.

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