Harmonology Discovered


In order to create any music in the Western World, you need to combine various notes taken from 12 tone, or chromatic scale. It takes 6 of those 12 notes just to create a melody as simple as “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” To go a step further, by combining any two notes together you vastly improve the possibilities for inventing music of a more complex nature.


Those notes played together form what is called an interval. Let’s say you took the first note of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and played it at the same time as you played the second note. The lyric “Ma-ry” has two syllables, both of which are the same note. So, in effect, you have created a unison interval by combining these two similar notes.


Playing the second note of that same nursery rhyme simultaneously with the third note, which sounds on the word “Had,” forms a new interval called the 5th. When you play the unison and the 5th back to back, you begin to hear a difference. You can actually hear a marked shift in energy between the two groupings. The unison sounds focused and pure, while the 5th has an almost regal or noble feeling about it.


As you continue to combine the various notes together and listen closely to the impact they have on your ear, you will get the feeling that they are not all created equal. Some of the intervals are “pretty” while some are very discordant and harsh. Some are even bland or vague sounding.


Think of yourself as an artist with a vast array of colors on your tray. You have 12 hues or emotions from which to choose such as: mild, neutral, intense, edgy and harmonious. Each “color” gives a different shade of feeling with which to portray your artistic yearning.


Look at the chart below. There, you can see the 12 intervals as they progress: from the unison at one end of the scale to the octave at the opposite end. By listening to all the intervals in order, you can get a sense of their flow from dissonant to consonant and back––a micro journey of tension and release.


Our birth months coincide with the 12 notes of the chromatic scale, and when we pair-up with someone, intervals similar to those found in music are formed. As in the word “Ma-ry” from our previous nursery rhyme, two people who are born the same month create a unison birth interval, sharing many of the same properties of that interval found in music. You can use January and January for an example.


If you take January and add the birth month August (as in “ma-RY HAD”) the interval formed is a 5th. It won’t take you long to see that January/ January and January/ August are two different and distinct combinations, each filled with their unique energy and characteristics.


It’s easy to conclude that when you combine your birth month with the remaining other 11 choices, you create the opportunities to experience all the possible emotional and spiritual interactions your soul may need in order to grow while you are here in this life. Not all will be of the highest priority, but definitely you’ll get what you need when you need it.