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#beginquote# sure, A tritone is an interval between two notes which are 3 whole steps apart (C-D-E-F#). The tritone is from C to F#. You could call it C to Gb also. You may have heard it called a diminished 5th or Augmented 4th. Tritone means the same thing. Go to your piano and play a C and an F# together and they will clash (dissonance). If you play a D F# A C (D7 chord in root position)the clashing will cause you to want the chord to resolve in some way (the most common way is to a G chord; G B D G). Try it. First play the D7 listed above then . . . Play a G on the bottom, keep the D from the D7 where it is, move the F# up to G and the C down to a B. You may want to write it out so it is more clear. The A can go up to a B or down to a G in this case it doesn't matter. You end up on a G triad voiced like this: (G D G B). There are other ways to resolve chords and multiple voicings to choose from, but this is an example of the very common V7 to I progression. It seems funny, but the tritone (even when used in this way) was strictly avoided until the baroque era, and composers who used it then were sharply critcized and even inprisoned. The Italians called this interval the diabolica en musica (devil in music) because of the way it clashed. Now we thrive on the tension and release that those kind of intervals offer us. I hope this helps. I have taught music at all levels from Jr. High to University but it is tough to explain these things without a keyboard to demonstrate on. GOOOOOOROOOOOO #endquote#
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