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8: Whole-Steps

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Lesson 8: Whole-Steps

If you understand half-steps (if you don't, then go back to Lesson 7: Half-Steps), then you're ready to learn about whole-steps (called tones in the U.K.).

A whole-step is a pitch distance equal to two half-steps. For example:
  • Consider the 3 consecutive pitches C-C♯-D (these 3 pitches are next to each other in the pitch stack).
  • C to C♯ is a half-step; C♯ to D is also a half-step.
  • So, C to D is a whole-step.

Here are some more example whole-steps:


A to B


B♭ to C


C♯ to D♯

When you're sure you understand half-steps and whole-steps, go on to Lesson 9: Steps Game to test your knowledge.

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Lessons

1: Introduction
2: Teaching Yourself
3: Pitch & Keyboard
4: Pitch Names
5: Letters Game
6: Sharps & Flats
7: Half-Steps
8: Whole-Steps
9: Steps Game
10: Scales
11: Major Scale 1-2-3
12: Major 1-2-3 Games
13: Major Scale 1-5
14: Major 1-5 Games
15: Chords: Major Triads
16: Major Triad Games
17: Minor Triads
18: Minor Triad Games
19: Major Scale 1-8
20: Major Scale Games
21: Scales Above 8
22: What Next
23: Keys
24: Roman Numeral Chords
25: Diatonic Triads
26: Using Diatonics
27: Treble Staff
28: Treble Staff Game
29: Pitch & Frequency

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