Another way to talk about intervals is to give examples of each interval in the context of a well known song. Since the study of intervals is such an essential part of writing good melodies, it is directly helpful to see how these elements work in songs that we know.
Here are one or two for each interval, ascending and descending. Be sure to sing them to yourself to get a feel for the notes and think of other examples from the music of your own experience.
HapPY BIRTH day to you
Good King WEN-CES-las went out
ARE YOU sleeping?
WHAT CHILD is this?
The WORMS CRAWL in...
The Marine Hymn - FROM THE halls
KUM BA ya, kum ba ya
IF I loved you...
HERE COMES the bride
A-MAZ-ing grace, how sweet the sound
The Mexican Hat Dance,
DA DUM, DA DUM, DA DUM,
TWINKLE, TWINKLE little star
Bah, BAH BLACK sheep have you any wool?
DON'T THROW bouquets at me,
MY BON-nie lies over the ocean
IT CAME upon a midnight clear,
BE-YOND the blue horizon
THERE'S A place for us,
All at ONCE AM I, several stories high
SOME-WHERE over the rainbow,
Hap-PY TRAILS to you,
YOU GO to my head...
MEM-RIES, light the corners of my mind
THREE BLIND mice
Sixteen Tons and what DO YOU get?
SOME- DAY I'LL WISH UP- ON A STAR
WHEN EV- er I feel afraid...
NOW IS the hour,
GOOD NIGHT ladies...
Seventy-SIX TROM- bones led the big parade,
YOUNG AND foolish
From the MOUN- TAINS...(to the prairies)
...AS TIME goes by.
From the mountains, to the PRAIR- IES
MEAN TO me, why must you be mean to me?
Up a lazy riv-ER BY the old mill stream
YOU ARE my lucky star
WIL-LOW weep for me
To obtain an autographed copy of the book send a check or money order
for- $ 15.00 plus- $ 2:00 for shipping and handling to:
Compass Rose Music * Post Office Box 1501 * Bennington, VT 05201
__Return to the Table of Contents of the Songwriter's Tutorial.
__Return to Steve & Cindy's Home Page.