Re: Music Theory questions
This is the key here. If you are given a note and instructed to spell an interval below that note, the bottom note is the tonic in spelling the interval. Just as Mark said above, you cannot change the top note, so it must be a (interval) above the bottom note, in the bottom note's major key. The example he gave is perfect. Here's another one I found on line:
Originally Posted by aliza
Here is where I got it.
If you are asked to write a note that is a certain interval below a given note, the process is similar. Simply count down from the given note, starting on the number of the interval. If you are given a 'G,' and told to write a note that is a diminished fifth below it, start on that 'G' and count down from 5 until you reach 1. You'll now be on the note 'C'. Ask yourself the question, 'Is there a 'G' in a 'C' major scale"? The answer is "Yes", so this is a perfect fifth. We want to make the interval smaller(to make it diminished), so we raise the 'C' to a 'C-sharp'. (In this case, we raise the 'C', because the 'G' was the note you were given. Do not change the given note.)
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