TonalityGUIDE - Tonal music basic theory for Undergraduates
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Tone and semitone
The semitone (minor second) is the name given to the smallest division of the octave in commonpractice tonal music. A tone (major second) is made up of two semitones. The scalic melodic motion characteristic of much Western music is usually made up of a combination of tones and semitones.


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