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Musical Interval Examples

Musical interval examples are one of two helpful ways to remember musical intervals: using solfeggio or by remembering them through popular (or at least familiar) songs.

This page gives you a list of songs to help you remember melodic musical intervals by ear as well as some solfege syllables that use the musical interval

Interval

Ascending
(Low to High)

Descending
(High to Low)

Minor 2nd (Half step)

Ti – Do

Jaws Theme — John Williams

Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

Für Elise – Ludwig Van Beethoven

Jurassic Park Theme – John Williams

Major 2nd (Whole step)

Do – Re

Happy Birthday to You – Patty and Mildred J. Hill

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Johnny Marks

Mary Had a Little Lamb – Lowel Mason

Three Blind Mice – Traditional

Minor 3rd

Re- Fa

Do – Me (minor key)

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Lullaby – Johannes Brahms

Frosty, the Snowman — Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson

This Old Man – Traditional

Major 3rd

Do – Mi

Oh, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In – Traditional

Kumbaya – Marvin V. Frey

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Wallis Willis

Symphony No. 5 – Ludwig Van Beethoven (bum bum bum BUM)

Perfect 4th

Do – Fa

Wedding March – Richard Wagner ("Here comes the bride")

Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter) – John Williams

Under Pressure – Queen (Bass line)

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah – George Frideric Handel

Tritone (Augmented 4th/ Diminished 5th)

Ti – Fa

Simpson’s Theme – Danny Elfman

Maria from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein (Chorus)

Even Flow – Pearl Jam

Danse Macabre – Saint-Saëns

Perfect 5th

Do – Sol

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Traditional

Star Wars Theme – John Williams

What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor? – Traditional

Game of Thrones Theme – Ramin Djawadi

Minor 6th

Mi – Higher Do

Do – Le (Natural Minor Scale)

We Are Young – FUN (The word "fire" in the chorus)

Johanna from Sweeney Todd — Stephen Sondheim

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Love Story Theme – Henry Mancini

Major 6th

Do – La

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean – Traditional

NBC Chimes – Commercial

Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson (Chorus)

The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Minor 7th

Sol – Upper Fa

Do – Te (Natural Minor Scale)

The Winner Takes it All – ABBA (Chorus)

Somewhere from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein

The Shadow of Your Smile — Ella Fitzgerald

An American in Paris – George Gershwin

Major 7th

Do – Ti

Take on Me – A-ha

Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones

I Love You – Cole Porter

Octave

Do – Upper Do

Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen

The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

(it goes both ways lol!)

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