Wide, Narrow, & Pure Intervals

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Wide, Narrow, & Pure Intervals

When tuning pianos, we are often required to produce wide, narrow, or pure intervals. Wide and narrow intervals beat because they are not pure. The farther from pure they are, the faster they beat. See how good you are at analyzing the relationships between wide, narrow and pure intervals, relative beat speeds, and the relative frequencies of these interval notes. You have 5 minutes to complete the 20 questions. Get at least 18 right to pass. Good luck.

Sample Question

Given a wide interval, which note should you raise in order to speed up the beats?

Top note

Bottom note

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Given a wide interval, which note should you raise in order to speed up the beats?
    • A. 

      Top note

    • B. 

      Bottom note

  • 2. 
    Given a narrow interval, which note should you lower to speed up the beats?
    • A. 

      Top note

    • B. 

      Bottom note

  • 3. 
    Given a wide interval, which note should you raise if you want to slow down the beats?
    • A. 

      Top

    • B. 

      Bottom

  • 4. 
    Given a narrow interval, which note should you raise to slow down the beats?
    • A. 

      Top

    • B. 

      Bottom

  • 5. 
    Given a wide interval, which note should you lower to speed up the beats?
    • A. 

      Top

    • B. 

      Bottom

  • 6. 
    Given a narrow interval, which note should you raise in order to speed up the beats?
    • A. 

      Top

    • B. 

      Bottom

  • 7. 
    Given a wide interval, which note should you lower in order to slow down the beats?
    • A. 

      Top

    • B. 

      Bottom

  • 8. 
    Given a narrow interval, which note should you lower in order to slow down the beats?
    • A. 

      Top

    • B. 

      Bottom

  • 9. 
    If you raise the top note of an interval, and the beats speed up, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 10. 
    If you raise the bottom note of an interval, and the beats slow down, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 11. 
    If you lower the bottom note of an interval, and the beats speed up, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 12. 
    If you raise the top note of an interval, and the beats slow down, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 13. 
    If you raise the bottom note of an interval, and the beats speed up, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 14. 
    If you lower the top note of an interval, and the beats slow down, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 15. 
    If you lower the top note of an interval, and the beats speed up, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 16. 
    If you lower the bottom note of an interval, and the beats slow down, what size was the interval?
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

  • 17. 
    If I lower the top note of a narrow interval, I will make the interval more narrow.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    If I raise the bottom note of a wide interval, I will definitely make the interval narrow.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    If I lower the bottom note of a wide interval, I will make the interval more wide and the beats will slow down.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    If I raise the top note of a narrow interval, I will make the interval less narrow.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False