Advanced Sight-Reading Curriculum - Part 2

Preparatory Exercises (3)

Intervals always look the same on the staff, no matter what clef we are reading in. Reading notes by recognising the intervals between them allows us to read ledger lines and less-familiar clefs more easily, and helps us to tranpose music to other keys.

Odd-numbered intervals fall either on two lines... or on two spaces:

Even-numbered intervals contain one line and one space:

In the following exercises, simply say the names of the intervals between the notes. Don't try to identify pitches or imagine any clef while you're doing this. Do each one several times until you can do it rapidly and easily. It's easier to say "two," "three," etc. rather than "second," "third," and so on.

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