In Clairnote intervals are easy to identify since each interval is visually distinct and it is simple to distinguish one interval from another. The 6-6 pitch pattern in the noteheads contributes to this. If an interval spans an even number of semitones then both notes are solid/black, or both notes are hollow/white. If it spans an odd number of semitones one note is solid/black and the other is hollow/white.

Minor thirds in Clairnote music notationMajor thirds in Clairnote music notation

For example, you can clearly see the difference between major thirds and minor thirds (shown above), which is not possible in traditional music notation. When compared with intervals in traditional music notation, Clairnote is more clear, consistent, and direct.

Intervals are some of the most basic building blocks of music. Being able to clearly and consistently see the differences between them leads to a better awareness and understanding of music and common musical patterns.

Improvising and playing by ear are skills that are largely done through interval relationships between notes. Yet in traditional notation these relationships between notes are obscured. How might one’s ability to play by ear and improvise improve through using a better music notation system?

Below is a comprehensive illustration of all the common intervals (from unisons up through octaves) showing the consistent pattern in their appearance. The number of semitones spanned by each interval is given in parentheses.

The following two PDF files contain illustrations of intervals in Clairnote like those shown below, but arranged in a 4×3 grid pattern in order to highlight similarities in their appearance.

Intervals in Clairnote grouped A (PDF)
Intervals in Clairnote grouped B (PDF)

You can also see and hear illustrations of intervals on the Clairnote home page by clicking the “Intervals” button.  To practice reading intervals in Clairnote play the game on the Learn page.

Unisons in Clairnote music notationMinor seconds in Clairnote music notationMajor seconds in Clairnote music notationMinor thirds in Clairnote music notationMajor thirds in Clairnote music notationPerfect fourths in Clairnote music notationTritones in Clairnote music notationPerfect fifths in Clairnote music notationMinor sixths in Clairnote music notationMajor sixths in Clairnote music notationMinor sevenths in Clairnote music notationMajor sevenths in Clairnote music notationOctaves in Clairnote music notation

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