Minor Second Intervals

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Minor Second Intervals

A minor second interval is the distance from a note to another note a half-step away either ascending or descending. It is a dissonant interval.

Minor Second intervals are mildly awkward to play in harmony on the guitar. They require a small stretch from the first finger to the fourth finger across two adjacent strings. To play melodic minor second intervals on the guitar is the distance of one fret on the same string.

Be sure your guitar is in tune before playing the following examples.

A Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above A is Bb.

Guitar tablature of A  minor second intervals

Bb (A#) Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above Bb is Cb. Notice that Cb is actually a B note. However, a B above Bb is an augmented unison. Also notice that a major second above Bb is C. A minor second is one less half-step than a major second. Therefore, to indicate this is a minor second a Cb is used instead of a B.

A minor second above A# is B.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb  minor second intervals

B Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above B is C.

Note: Cb is a B. A minor second above Cb is Dbb (double flat).

Guitar tablature of B  minor second intervals

C Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above C is Db.

Note: B# is a C. A minor second above B# is C#.

Guitar tablature of C  minor second intervals

Db (C#) Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above Db is Ebb (E double flat). Notice that Ebb is actually a D note. However, a D above Db is an augmented unison. Also notice that a major second above Db is Eb. A minor second is one less half-step than a major second. Therefore, since the E is already flat in the major, an Ebb is used for the minor.

A minor second above C# is D.

Guitar tablature of C#/Db  minor second intervals

D Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above D is Eb.

Guitar tablature of D  minor second intervals

Eb (D#) Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above Eb is Fb. Notice that Fb is actually an E note. However, an E above Eb is an augmented unison. Also notice that a major second above Eb is F. A minor second is one less half-step than a major second. Therefore, to indicate this is a minor second an Fb is used.

A minor second above D# is E.

Guitar tablature of D#/Eb  minor second intervals

E Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above E is F.

Note: Fb is an E. A major second above Fb is Gbb (double flat).

Guitar tablature of E  minor second intervals

F Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above F is Gb

Note: E# is an F. A major second above E# is F#.

Guitar tablature of F  minor second intervals

F# (Gb) Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above F# is G.

A minor second above Gb is Abb. Notice that Abb is actually a G note. However, a G above Gb is an augmented unison. Also notice that a major second above Gb is Ab. A minor second is one less half-step than a major second. Therefore, since the A is already flat in the major, an Abb is used for the minor.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb  minor second intervals

G Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above G is Ab.

Guitar tablature of G  minor second intervals

Ab (G#) Minor Second Interval on the Guitar

A minor second above Ab is Bbb (B double flat). Notice that Bbb is actually an A note. However, a B above Bb is an augmented unison. Also notice that a major second above Ab is Bb. A minor second is one less half-step than a major second. Therefore, since the B is already flat in the major, an Ebb is used for the minor.

A minor second above G# is A.

Guitar tablature of G#/Ab  minor second intervals

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