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Major Tenth Intervals

A major tenth interval is the distance from any note to a note sixteen half-steps away either ascending or descending. Another definition is an perfect octave plus a major third. It is a consonant interval.

Playing major tenths on the guitar requires using the pick to strike the low note and the second finger to strike the high note. Strike the low note with a downward motion and strike the high note with an upward motion, as if you are trying to pinch the strings.

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

A Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above A is C# an octave above A.

Guitar tablature of A major tenth intervals

Bb (A#) Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above Bb is D an octave above Bb.

A major Tenth above A# is Cx (double sharp) an octave above A#. Notice that Cx is actually a D note. However, a D above A# is a diminished eleventh. Also notice that a minor tenth above A# is C#. A major tenth is one half-step more than a minor tenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a major tenth a Cx is used instead of a D.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb major tenth intervals

B Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above B is D# an octave above B.

Note: Cb is a B. A major tenth above Cb is Eb an octave above Cb.

Guitar tablature of B major tenth intervals

C Major tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above C is E an octave above C.

Note: B# is a C. A major tenth above B# is Dx (double sharp).

Guitar tablature of C major tenth intervals

Db (C#) Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above Db is F an octave above Db.

A major tenth above C# is E# an octave above C#. Notice that E# is actually an F note. However, an F above C# is a diminished eleventh. Also notice that a minor tenth above C# is E. A major tenth is one half-step more than a minor tenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a major tenth an E# is used instead of an F.

Guitar tablature of C#/Db major tenth intervals

D Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above D is F# an octave above D.

Guitar tablature of D major tenth intervals

Eb (D#) Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above Eb is G an octave above Eb.

A major tenth above D# is Fx (double sharp) an octave above D#. Notice that Fx is actually a G note. However, a G above D# is a diminished eleventh. Also notice that a minor tenth above D# is F#. A major tenth is one half-step more than a minor tenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a major tenth an Fx is used instead of a G.

Guitar tablature of D#/Eb major tenth intervals

E Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above E is G# an octave above E.

Note: Fb is an E. A major tenth above Fb is Ab an octave above Fb.

Guitar tablature of E major tenth intervals

F Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above F is A an octave above F.

Note: E# is an F. A major tenth above E# is Gx (double sharp) an octave above E#.

Guitar tablature of F major tenth intervals

F# (Gb) Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above F# is A# an octave above F#.

A major tenth above Gb is Bb an octave above Gb.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb major tenth intervals

G Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above G is B an octave above G.

Guitar tablature of G major tenth intervals

Ab (G#) Major Tenth Interval on the Guitar

A major tenth above Ab is C an octave above Ab.

A major tenth above G# is B# an octave above G#. Notice that B# is actually a C note. However, a C above G# is a diminished eleventh. Also notice that a minor tenth above G# is B. A major tenth is one more half-step more than a minor tenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a major tenth a B# is used instead of a C.

Guitar tablature of G#/Ab major tenth intervals

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