An interval describes the distance between two notes, including the notes themselves.








The ability to recognize intervals within music is speed reading! 








A 2nd is always a line note and a space note set down beside each other diagonally.  








A 3rd is either two line notes, or two space notes stacked up.









A 4th is a line note and a space note, and a span of four keys on a piano keyboard.








A 5th is two line notes or two space notes making a span of five keys.  A 5th fits perfectly using the thumb and the pinky finger.








A 6th requires a slight stretch of the fingers to span six keys.








A 7th is always two line notes or two space notes, and easy to recognize because they cover so much ground.









An 8th is also called an octave.  An octave means: same note, eight notes apart.




Piano Instruction

Read Music Method for Adult Beginners
intervals: 4ths
intervals: 3rds
intervals: 5ths
intervals: 2nds
intervals: 6ths
intervals: 7ths
intervals: octaves

Learn to recognize notes and intervals like old friends!  Make the leap from beginner to early intermediate using the Read Music Method for Adult Beginners.