Minor Thirteenth Intervals

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Minor Thirteenth Intervals

A minor thirteenth interval is the distance from any note to a note twenty half-steps away either ascending or descending. Another definition is an perfect octave plus a minor sixth. It is a consonant interval.

Playing minor thirteenths 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 Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above A is F an octave above A.

Guitar tablature of A minor thirteenth intervals

Bb (A#) Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above Bb is Gb an octave above Bb.

A minor thirteenth above A# is F# an octave above A#.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb minor thirteenth intervals

B Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above B is G an octave above B.

Note: Cb is a B. A minor thirteenth above Cb is Abb (A double flat) an octave above.

Guitar tablature of B minor thirteenth intervals

C Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above C is Ab an octave above C.

Note: B# is a C. A minor thirteenth above B# is G# an octave above B#.

Guitar tablature of C minor thirteenth intervals

Db (C#) Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above Db is Bbb (B double flat) an octave above Db. Notice that Bbb is actually a C note. However, notice that a major thirteenth above Db is Bb. An minor thirteenth is one less half-step than a major thirteenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a minor thirteenth an Bbb is used.

A minor thirteenth above C# is A an octave above C#.

Guitar tablature of C#/Db minor thirteenth intervals

D Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above D is Bb an octave above D.

Guitar tablature of D minor thirteenth intervals

Eb (D#) Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above Eb is Cb an octave above Eb. Notice that Cb is actually a B note. However, notice that a major thirteenth above Eb is C. A minor thirteenth is one less half-step than a major thirteenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a minor thirteenth a Cb is used.

A minor thirteenth above D# is B an octave above D#.

Guitar tablature of D#/Eb minor thirteenth intervals

E Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above E is C an octave above E.

Note: Fb is an E. A major thirteenth above Fb is Dbb (D double flat) an octave above Fb.

Guitar tablature of E minor thirteenth intervals

F Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above F is Db an octave above F.

Note: E# is an F. A major thirteenth above E# is C# an octave above E#.

Guitar tablature of F minor thirteenth intervals

F# (Gb) Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above F# is D an octave above F#.

A minor thirteenth above Gb is Ebb an octave above Gb. Notice that Ebb is actually a D note. However, notice that a major thirteenth above Gb is Eb. A minor thirteenth is one less half-step than a major thirteenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a minor thirteenth an Ebb is used.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb minor thirteenth intervals

G Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above G is Eb an octave above G.

Guitar tablature of G minor thirteenth intervals

Ab (G#) Minor Thirteenth Interval on the Guitar

A minor thirteenth above Ab is Fb an octave above Ab. Notice that Fb is actually an E note. However, notice that a major thirteenth above Ab is F. A minor thirteenth is one less half-step than a major thirteenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a minor thirteenth an Fb is used.

A minor thirteenth above G# is E an octave above G#.

Guitar tablature of G#/Ab minor thirteenth intervals

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