Songs to learn musical intervals

Create your own list to memorize intervals faster

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 beginning of Amazing Grace, you can quickly conclude that it's a perfect fourth. 

How to use the EarMaster Interval Song Chart

  • [Optional] Select the genres you're interested in and click on "Show selected"
  • Select one song for each ascending and descending interval.
  • Click on the "Create Song list" button at the bottom of the page to generate a printer-friendly chart with your list of songs.

 

 

 
Interval Ascending Descending

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Major 2nd

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Minor 3rd

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Major 3rd

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Perfect 4th

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Tritone

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Perfect 5th

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Minor 6th

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Major 6th

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Minor 7th

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Major 7th

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Octave

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Want to submit a new song for this page?

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.

Song lists are great, ear training is even better!

Using famous songs to memorize intervals is a fantastic way to get acquainted with intervals in a fast and easy way. But that method has limits. At some point, you will need to know be able to recognize intervals instantly, almost instinctively. This can only be achieved with ear training.

EarMaster includes 2500 ear training exercises for musicians of all levels. It is a very effective tool used by thousands of music schools, universities and conservatories around the globe. A free version is available on Windows, Mac and iPad, so you can get started right away with improving your musical ear:

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