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Diatonic   /dˌaɪətˈɑnɪk/   Listen

Based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals.
Based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the major or minor scales of western music.

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"Diatonic" Quotes from Famous Books

... produced such efforts as a poem to the gout, a nature-poem depicting barn-yard sounds, and even Iriarte's La musica (1780), in which one may read in carefully constructed silvas the definition of diatonic and chromatic scales. ...
— Modern Spanish Lyrics • Various

... Mr. Smith's advent there was an air of decent expectation about the party. Mr. Amarinth looked serious to heaviness. Lord Reggie was pale, and seemed abstracted. Probably he was thinking of his anthem, whose tonic and dominant chords, and diatonic progressions, he considered most subtly artistic. He would like to have written in the Lydian mode, only he could not remember what the Lydian mode was, and he had forgotten to bring any harmony book with him. He glanced into the mirror over the fireplace, smoothed his pale gold hair ...
— The Green Carnation • Robert Smythe Hichens

Words linked to "Diatonic" :   major diatonic scale, tonal, music, minor diatonic scale, chromatic

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