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CHAPTER 4:
How Scales and Intervals REALLY
Work
  
4.4 Emotional Effects of Intervals

 
Table 21 below lists some reported emotional effects of various types of intervals, and specific intervals.


     Keep in mind that the emotional effects of the intervals listed below, like the emotional effects of other musical elements, vary with the musical context—the succession of preceding intervals, the prevailing chords and chord changes, rhythmic variables, instrumental tone colors, and so forth.




TABLE 21  Emotional Effects of Intervals


Interval or Interval Type

Associated Emotions

Consonant intervals

Pleasantness, generally positive emotional valence; not as strong or active as dissonant intervals

Dissonant intervals

Generally negative emotional valence, strength, activity

Major intervals

Brightness, strength

Minor Intervals

Dullness, weakness

Large intervals

Power

Small intervals

Weakness

Minor second

Melancholy, displeasure, anguish, darkness

Major second

Pleasurable longing, displeasure (neutral as a passing tone; see Chapter 9)

Minor third

Tragedy, sadness

Major third

Joy, happiness, brightness

Perfect fourth

Buoyancy, pathos (neutral as a passing tone; see Chapter 9)

Tritone (diabolus in musica)

Violence, danger, tension, devilishness (of course!)

Perfect fifth

Cheerfulness, stability

Minor sixth

Anguish, sadness

Major sixth

Winsomeness, pleasurable longing (neutral as a passing tone; see Chapter 9)

Dominant seventh

Irresolution, displeasure, mournfulness

Major seventh

Aspiration, displeasure, violent longing

Octave

Lightheartedness (i.e., sudden melodic leap)




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 PART I

 The Big Picture    Introduction

   1. W-5 of Music
  
2. Pop Music
   
    Industry

  
 PART II
 Essential
 Building Blocks
 of Music
   3.
Tones/Overtones
   4. Scales/Intervals
   5. Keys/Modes
 
 PART III
 How to Create
 Emotionally
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   6.
Chords/
  
      Progressions

   7. Pulse/Meter/
  
      Tempo/Rhythm

   8. Phrase/Form
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 11. Repertoire/
     
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 PART IV
 Making a
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 12.
Business of
   
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