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A minor sixth is the smaller of two commonly occuring musical intervals that span six diatonic scale degrees. The prefix 'minor' identifies it as being the smaller of the two (by one semitone); its larger counterpart being, a major sixth. The minor 6th is abbreviated as m6, its inversion is the Major third and its enharmonic equivalent is the augmented fifth. Its most common occurence is between the third and (upper) root of major chords. In music theory, an interval is the difference (a ratio or logarithmic measure) in pitch between two notes and often refers to those two notes themselves (otherwise known as a dyad). ... Jump to: navigation, search In music theory, a diatonic scale (from the Greek diatonikos, to stretch out) is a seven-note musical scale comprising five whole-tone and two half-tone steps, in which the half tones are maximally separated. ... The musical interval of a half step, semitone, or minor second is the relationship between the leading tone and the first note (the root or tonic) in a major scale. ... The musical interval of a major sixth is the relationship between the first note (the root or tonic) and the sixth note in a Major scale. ... In music theory, the word inversion has several meanings. ... Jump to: navigation, search A major third is the larger of two commonly occuring musical intervals that span three diatonic scale degrees. ... Jump to: navigation, search An augmented fifth is one of three musical intervals that span five diatonic scale degrees. ... In music, see the following intervals: Major third Minor third The mediant, and the chord built on the mediant, is often called simply the third, as it is the third degree of the diatonic scale. ... The root (basse fondamentale) of a chord is the note upon which that chord is perceived or labelled as built or centered, the root of a chord in root position or normal form. ... Generally speaking, a major chord is any chord which has a major third above its root, as opposed to a minor chord which has a minor third. ...


A minor sixth in just intonation most often corresponds to a pitch ratio of 8:5 or 1:1.6, or various other ratios, while in an equal tempered tuning, a minor sixth is equal to eight semitones, a ratio of 1:28/12 (approximately 1.587), or 800 cents, 13.686 cents smaller. The ratios of both Major and minor sixths are corresponding numbers of the fibonacci sequence, 5 and 8 for a minor third and 3 and 5 for a major. Jump to: navigation, search Just intonation is any musical tuning in which the frequencies of notes are related by whole number ratios. ... Equal temperament is a scheme of musical tuning in which the octave is divided into a series of equal steps (equal frequency ratios). ... The musical interval of a half step, semitone, or minor second is the relationship between the leading tone and the first note (the root or tonic) in a major scale. ... The cent is a unit in a logarithmic scale of relative pitch or intervals. ... In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers form a sequence defined recursively by: In words: you start with 0 and 1, and then produce the next Fibonacci number by adding the two previous Fibonacci numbers. ...


In the common practice period sixths, along with their inverse, thirds, are considered the most interesting and dynamic consonances. The minor sixth is considered the most consonant interval after the unison, octave, perfect fifth, perfect fourth, Major third, and the Major sixth. In music the common practice period is a long period in western musical history spanning from before the classical era proper to today, dated, on the outside, as 1600-1900. ... Consonance is a stylistic device, often used in poetry. ... UNISON logo UNISON is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom, with over 1. ... In music, an octave (sometimes abbreviated 8ve or 8va) is the interval between one musical note and another with half or double the frequency. ... Jump to: navigation, search The perfect fifth or diapente is one of three musical intervals that span five diatonic scale degrees; the others being the diminished fifth, which is one semitone smaller, and the augmented fifth, which is one semitone larger. ... Jump to: navigation, search The perfect fourth or diatessaron, abbreviated P4, is one of two musical intervals that span four diatonic scale degrees; the other being the augmented fourth, which is one semitone larger. ... Jump to: navigation, search A major third is the larger of two commonly occuring musical intervals that span three diatonic scale degrees. ... The musical interval of a major sixth is the relationship between the first note (the root or tonic) and the sixth note in a Major scale. ...


See also

Minor sixth
# semitones Interval class # cents in equal temperament Most common diatonic name Comparable just interval # cents in just interval Just interval vs. equal-tempered interval
8 4 800 minor sixth 8:5 814 14 cents larger
Other diatonic intervals
unison | minor second | major second | minor third | major third | perfect fourth | tritone | perfect fifth | minor sixth | major sixth | minor seventh | major seventh | octave

This page is about musical systems of tuning, for the musical process of tuning see tuning. ... The musical interval of a half step, semitone, or minor second is the relationship between the leading tone and the first note (the root or tonic) in a major scale. ... In music, specifically, musical set theory an interval class, or unordered pitch-class interval, is an interval measured by the distance between its two pitch classes ordered so they are as close as possible. ... The cent is a unit in a logarithmic scale of relative pitch or intervals. ... Equal temperament is a scheme of musical tuning in which the octave is divided into a series of equal steps (equal frequency ratios). ... In Music theory, the diatonic major scale (also known as the Guido scale), from the Greek diatonikos or to stretch out, is a fundamental building block of the European-influenced musical tradition. ... Jump to: navigation, search Just intonation is any musical tuning in which the frequencies of notes are related by whole number ratios. ... Jump to: navigation, search In music theory, an interval is the relationship between two notes or pitches, the lower and higher members of the interval. ... UNISON logo UNISON is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom, with over 1. ... Jump to: navigation, search A minor second is the smallest of three commonly occuring musical intervals that span two diatonic scale degrees; the others being the major second and the augmented second, which are larger by one and two semitones respectively. ... Jump to: navigation, search A major second is one of three commonly occuring musical intervals that span two diatonic scale degrees; the others being the minor second, which is one semitone smaller, and the augmented second, which is one semitone larger. ... Jump to: navigation, search A minor third is the smaller of two commonly occuring musical intervals that span three diatonic scale degrees. ... Jump to: navigation, search A major third is the larger of two commonly occuring musical intervals that span three diatonic scale degrees. ... Jump to: navigation, search The perfect fourth or diatessaron, abbreviated P4, is one of two musical intervals that span four diatonic scale degrees; the other being the augmented fourth, which is one semitone larger. ... The augmented fourth between C and F# forms a tritone. ... Jump to: navigation, search The perfect fifth or diapente is one of three musical intervals that span five diatonic scale degrees; the others being the diminished fifth, which is one semitone smaller, and the augmented fifth, which is one semitone larger. ... The musical interval of a major sixth is the relationship between the first note (the root or tonic) and the sixth note in a Major scale. ... The musical interval of a minor seventh the first note (the root or tonic) and the seventh in a minor scale. ... The musical interval of a Major seventh the first note (the root or tonic) and the seventh, the leading tone, in a major scale. ... In music, an octave (sometimes abbreviated 8ve or 8va) is the interval between one musical note and another with half or double the frequency. ...

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Minor sixth - definition of Minor sixth in Encyclopedia (218 words)
The musical interval of a minor sixth is the relationship between the first note (the root or tonic) and the sixth note in a minor scale.
The ratios of both Major and minor sixths are corresponding numbers of the fibonacci sequence, 5 and 8 for a minor third and 3 and 5 for a major.
The minor sixth is considered the most consonant interval after the unison, octave, perfect fifth, perfect fourth, Major third, and the Major sixth.
Minor sixth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (348 words)
The prefix 'minor' identifies it as being the smaller of the two (by one semitone); its larger counterpart being, a major sixth.
It is the inversion of the diminished fourth, and in twelve tone equal temperament is enharmonically equal to a minor sixth.
Although they are enharmonicaly equal to minor sixths and have a consonant frequency ratio of 5:8, in the common practice period augmented fifths were considered dissonant or unstable and disallowed.
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