Minor sixth

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A minor sixth is an interval of eight semitones.

For example, the interval between C and Ab is a minor sixth as it contains eight semitones.

In most common scales, such as the major scale and the natural minor scale, the interval between the root on the scale and the sixth note on the scale is either eight semitones or nine semitones. The smaller interval is called a minor sixth (eight semitones) and the larger interval is called a major sixth (nine semitones). These intervals are called "sixth" if they occur between the first note and the sixth note on a scale (or more generally between two notes with four notes in between). More rarely occurring "sixth" intervals are the augmented sixth (ten semitones) and the diminished sixth (seven semitones).

See also:
Intervals on the chromatic scale, Intervals on the chromatic scale (index)



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