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the musical "distance" between a pair of notes. Intervals are often described by the number of half-steps that separate two notes (i.e., a minor 3rd interval is equal to two notes 3 half-steps apart). Intervals are the building blocks of scales, chords and larger musical note patterns.
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One of the most profound lessons I've learned from listening to classical music is not to get locked into a diatonic approach -- all 12 tones of the chromatic scale are equally important.