Perfect Twelfth Intervals

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Perfect Twelfth Intervals

A perfect twelfth interval is is the distance from any note to a note nineteen half-steps away either ascending or descending. Another definition is a perfect octave plus a perfect fifth. It is a consonant interval.

Playing perfect twelfth 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 Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above A is E an octave above A.

Guitar tablature of A perfect twelfth intervals

Bb (A#) Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above Bb is F an octave above Bb.

A perfect twelfth above A# is E# an octave above A#. Notice that E# is actually an F note. However, an F an octave above A# is a diminished minor thirteenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a perfect twelfth an E# is used.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb perfect twelfth intervals

B Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above B is F# an octave above B.

Note: Cb is a B. A perfect twelfth above Cb is Gb an octave above Cb.

Guitar tablature of B perfect twelfth intervals

C Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above C is G an octave above C.

Note: B# is a C. A perfect twelfth above B# is Fx (double flat) an octave above B#.

Guitar tablature of C perfect twelfth intervals

Db (C#) Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above Db is Ab an octave above Db.

A perfect twelfth above C# is G# an octave above C#.

Guitar tablature of C#/Db perfect twelfth intervals

D Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above D is A an octave above D.

Guitar tablature of D perfect twelfth intervals

Eb (D#) Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above Eb is Bb an octave above Eb.

A perfect twelfth above D# is A# an octave above D#.

Guitar tablature of D#/Eb perfect twelfth intervals

E Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above E is B an octave above E.

Note: Fb is an E. A perfect twelfth above Fb is Cb an octave above Fb.

Guitar tablature of E perfect twelfth intervals

F Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above F is C an octave above F.

Note: E# is a F. A perfect twelfth above E# is B# an octave above E#.

Guitar tablature of F perfect twelfth intervals

F# (Gb) Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above F# is C# an octave above F#.

A perfect twelfth above Gb is Db an octave above Gb.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb perfect twelfth intervals

G Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above G is D an octave above G.

Guitar tablature of G perfect twelfth intervals

Ab (G#) Perfect Twelfth Interval on the Guitar

A perfect twelfth above Ab is Eb an octave above Ab.

A perfect twelfth above G# is D# an octave above G#.

Guitar tablature of G#/Ab perfect twelfth intervals

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