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diatonic definition

Overview

Define the English word diatonic below. Diatonic is an adjective. Also define these 7 related words and terms: music, scale, pitch, whole tone, semitone, major scale, and natural minor scale.

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From French diatonique

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Adjective

diatonic (not comparable)

  1. (music) Relating to or characteristic of a musical scale which contains seven pitches and a pattern of five whole tones and two semitones; particularly, of the major or natural minor scales.
    • Whole Tone definition
      The musical interval equal (exactly or approximately) to two semitones or two-twelfths of an octave
    • Natural Minor Scale definition
      a type of minor scale with the 3rd, 6th, and 7th notes lowered by one semitone, with the interval pattern:

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