Inverse | augmented third |
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Name | |

Other names | - |

Abbreviation | d6^{[1]} |

Size | |

Semitones | 7 |

Interval class | 5 |

Just interval | 192:125,^{[2]} 32:21,49:32 |

Cents | |

12-Tone equal temperament | 700 |

24-Tone equal temperament | 700 |

Just intonation | 743 |

In classical music from Western culture, a **diminished sixth** (^{ⓘ}) is an interval produced by narrowing a minor sixth by a chromatic semitone.^{[1]}^{[3]} For example, the interval from A to F is a minor sixth, eight semitones wide, and both the intervals from A♯ to F, and from A to F♭ are diminished sixths, spanning seven semitones. Being diminished, it is considered a dissonant interval,^{[4]} despite being equivalent to an interval known for its consonance.

Its inversion is the augmented third, and its enharmonic equivalent is the perfect fifth.

Main article: Wolf interval |

A severely dissonant diminished sixth is observed when the instrument is tuned using a Pythagorean or a meantone temperament tuning system. Typically, this is the interval between G♯ and E♭. Since it seems to "howl like a wolf" (because of the beating), and since it is meant to be the enharmonic equivalent to a fifth, this interval is called the "wolf" fifth. Notice that a justly tuned fifth is the most consonant interval after the perfect unison and the perfect octave.