Nerding Out on Music Theory

To the Tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas”

One Perfect Octave

In the thirteen notes of an E Chromatic scale my band teacher gave to me: 

One perfect octave (E-E)
Two major sevenths (E-D#, F-E)
Three minor sevenths (E-D, F-D#, F#-E)
Four major sixths (E-C#, F-D, F#-D#, G-E)
Five minor sixths (E-C, F-C#, F#-D, G-D#, G#-E)
Six perfect fifths (E-B, F-C, F#-C#, G-D, G#-D#, A-E)
Seven tritones (E-A#, F-B, F#-C, G-C#, G#-D, A-D#, A#-E)
Eight perfect fourths (E-A, F- A#, F#-B, G-C, G#-C#, A-D, A#-D#, B-E)
Nine major thirds (E-G#, F-A, F#-A#, G-B, G#-C, A-C#, A#-D, B-D#, C-E)
Ten minor thirds (E-G, F-G#, F#-A, G-A#, G#-B, A-C, A#-C#, B-D, C-D#, C#-E)
Eleven major seconds (E-F#, F-G, F#-G#, G-A, G#-A#, A-B, A#-C, B-C#, C-D, C#-D#, D-E)
Twelve minor seconds (E-F, F-F#, F#-G, G-G#, G#-A, A-A#, A#-B, B-C, C-C#, C#-D, D-D#, D#-E)

One Perfect Octave (Solfa)

In the thirteen notes of a Chromatic scale my band teacher gave to me: 

One perfect octave (Do-Do)
Two major sevenths (Do-Ti, Di-Do)
Three minor sevenths (Do-Li, Di-Ti, Re-Do)
Four major sixths (Do-La, Di-Li, Re-Ti, Ri-Do)
Five minor sixths (Do-Si, Di-La, Re-Li, Ri-Ti, Mi-Do)
Six perfect fifths (Do-So, Di-Si, Re-La, Ri-Li, Mi-Ti, Fa-Do)
Seven tritones (Do-Fi, Di-So, Re-Si, Ri-La, Mi-Li, Fa-Ti, Fi-Do)
Eight perfect fourths (Do-Fa, Di- Fi, Re-So, Ri-Si, Mi-La, Fa-Li, Fi-Ti, So-Do)
Nine major thirds (Do-Mi, Di-Fa, Re-Fi, Ri-So, Mi-Si, Fa-La, Fi-Li, So-Ti, Si-Do)
Ten minor thirds (Do-Ri, Di-Mi, Re-Fa, Ri-Fi, Mi-So, Fa-Si, Fi-La, So-Li, Si-Ti, La-Do)
Eleven major seconds (Do-Re, Di-Ri, Re-Mi, Ri-Fa, Mi-Fi, Fa-So, Fi-Si, So-La, Si-Li, La-Ti, Li-Do)
Twelve minor seconds (Do-Di, Di-Re, Re-Ri, Ri-Mi, Mi-Fi, Fa-Fi, Fi-So, So-Si, Si-La, La-Li, Li-Ti, Ti-Do)

Just Lyrics:

One Perfect Octave

In the thirteen notes of a Chromatic scale my band teacher gave to me:

  • One perfect octave, Two major sevenths,
  • Three minor sevenths, Four major sixths,
  • Five minor sixths, Six perfect fifths,
  • Seven tritones, Eight perfect fourths,
  • Nine major thirds, Ten minor thirds,
  • Eleven major seconds, Twelve minor seconds.

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