Watch the Perfect Fifth online guitar lesson by Kai Eckhardt from Atomic Bass: Reactive Intervals

Welcome to the perfect 5fth. It is the interval moving parallel in minor seconds when you hear Henri Mancini's "Pink Panther". Alternatively the first two notes of "My Favorite Things" sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music or played by John Coltrane, spell out a perfect fifth. It is the most consonant (harmonious) note next to the octave which appears as an overtone (harmonic) at the exact points where the string is divided into three equal parts. Your fingers will make some giant leaps across the neck and you will find the perfect fourth embedded in it at various places. As we already mentioned: When playing larger intervals in succession you will soon run out of space on the neck. To counter balance that we bring in the intervals inversion. This allows us to stay within a manageable range. Tonal centers are F, F# and G.

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