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correct, the difference between minor and diminished has to do with the number of half-steps between notes. But I have an easier way to remember what's what:
Seconds, Thirds, Sixths,
when they are lowered by a half-step from the major key.
Only Fourths and Fifths
are called diminished when lowered by a half-step. In other words, Major intervals (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th) can become minor, while Perfect intervals (4th, 5th) become diminished. What's the reasoning behind this? It comes partly from the fact that harmonically the Fourth and Fifth scale degrees are very important and are used most often in creating cadences. You'll notice that the Fourth and Fifth do not change from Major to minor: C Maj: C-D-E-
-A-B-C c min: C-D-Eb-
-Ab-Bb-C When lowering the Fourth and Fifth scale degrees theoriticians probably wanted to distinguish these two intervals from the others. To me, the reasonong isn't all that important, it's just easier to memorize which intervals are which. #endquote#
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