leading tone

noun

Definition of leading tone

: the seventh tone of a major or minor scale

called also leading note

Examples of leading tone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without getting too technical, the mixolydian is a type of major scale in which the leading tone—used relentlessly in pop music to build tension and yearning—is replaced by a flat seven. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of leading tone

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leading tone was circa 1889

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leading tone

leading-tone seventh

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Cite this Entry

“Leading tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20tone. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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