What are Perfect & Diminished Notes? 
What are Perfect & Diminished Notes?
by eHow / Pete Pidgeon
Video Lecture 7 of 16
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Date Added: August 2, 2009

Lecture Description


In this video lesson, Instructor Pete Pidgeon discusses the terms perfect and diminished, which are used to describe major and minor notes within music theory.



Video Transcript: PETE PIDGEON: "Now, as we go through the major scale, there are different terminologies that we'll use. For two, three, six and seven, we'll be using major and minor to describe the aspects of those notes. Now, on four and five, we're going to use the words perfect and diminished. I'll show you what I mean. If you take from the first note of a major scale to the second note of a major scale, you would call this a major second. Easy way to just say the second note of a major scale. Third note, you would refer to that as a major third, shorthand way of saying that would be just a third. When you get to the fourth note, you would refer to that as a perfect fourth, the distance from the first note to the fourth note of a major scale. Same thing when you get to the fifth note of a major scale, you would call that a perfect fifth. Rather than calling this a minor fifth, you would call that a diminished fifth. It's just a different terminology, but the same concept as minor. You just use perfect fifth instead of major fifth, perfect fourth instead of major fourth and diminished fifth instead of minor fifth."

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Course Description


In this course, Guitar Instructor Pete Pidgeon gives 16 video lessons on Guitar Music Theory. We will explain the intricacies involved with guitar intervals within music theory. Pidgeon will begin by explaining what music intervals are and their relation to the neck of the guitar. He'll then begin explaining how to find and create various intervals using the neck of the guitar. Pidgeon will explain the minor second and major second intervals, the difference between perfect and diminished notes, as well as what octaves are and how to locate them. These intervals are great for understanding notation and building upon the foundation of guitar music theory. Watch these videos and begin learning music theory for guitar today.

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