passing note definition

  • noun:
    • Music an email that links two consonant pitches by stepwise movement and in most cases takes place on a weak beat. Also called passing tone.
    • In songs, an unessential or discordant tone melodically along with harmonically important shades, either among them or after that above or below them. Such accessory shades usually are unaccented.
    • a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
  • adjective:
    • a character including a passing tone.

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