# How can you recognise major, minor, diminished and augmented intervals?

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In other words-  If the interval is too large to be major sounding, it is augmented. If it is too small to be perfect sounding, it is minor. If it is a semitone smaller than minor, it is diminished.

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When a major interval is raised by a semi-tone, it becomes augmented.
When a major interval is lowered by a semi-tone, it becomes minor.
When a major interval is lowered by two semi-tone, it becomes diminished.

When a minor interval is raised by a semi-tone, it becomes major.
When a minor interval is raised by two semi-tone, it becomes augmented.
When a minor interval is lowered by a semi-tone, it becomes diminished.

When a perfect interval is raised by a semi-tone, it becomes augmented.
When a perfect interval is lowered by a semi-tone, it becomes diminished.

user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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1 4 5 8 - These notes can be called 'perfect' if in the scale. If semitone higher then from scale we call 'Augmented'.

2 3 6 7- Major , Minor and Diminished if in the scale we say Major. If semitone lower we call Minor and if two semitones lower we say Diminished.

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