Half and Whole Steps
Scales are defined by the pattern of half and whole steps in them.
Therefore, a knowledge of what half and whole steps are is crucial to understanding
scales. Fortunately, half and whole steps are easy to understand.
A half step is the smallest interval in popular music.
A half step is the distance between frets on a guitar. Therefore,
from an F to an F# is one half step:
A whole step consists of two half steps.
A whole step is the distance represented by two frets on a guitar. Therefore,
from an F to a G is one whole step:
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