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Major 3rd interval
Major 3rd interval

Interval spanning two whole steps

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Written by Sam Blakelock
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A major 3rd interval in a diatonic scale is up 3 notes within the scale or two whole steps on the staff. Example: C to E is a major 3rd relationship because E is the 3rd scale degree of C.
Musical reference: When The Saints Go Marching In (first two notes)

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