Pertaining to the scale of eight tones, the eighth of which is the octave of the first.
the seven note major and minor scale system.
(1) Succession of whole-tones and half-steps going to make up a major or minor scale . (2) An interval drawn from that succession. Opp. is chromatic .
The notes indigenous to a key in a major or minor scale
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
Pertaining to a key. Diatonic notes are those that belong to the key, diatonic chords are those built with these notes.
Referring to the tones of the major or minor scales. The diatonic scales are those of the major and minor keys, and diatonic passages, intervals, chords, and harmonies are those made up of the notes of the key prevailing at the moment.
the opposite of chromatic, major or minor
music that remains within the confines of a single key.
in a key, using notes belonging mostly to a single key dynamics: in music, volume (how loud or soft)
Any octave divided into a seven-note scale (consisting of various combinations of whole tones and semitones). The major and minor scales, as well as the church modes, are diatonic. Diatonic harmony, which is the basis for our tonal system, consists of chords which contain only the notes of a given diatonic scale. (See chromatic.)
the contrary of 'chromatic'. Said of melody or harmony using only the unaltered major (or sometimes minor) scale.
nickname for a non-drinking choirman (rare!), also describes music in which everyone stays in the same key (also rare!)
the tones of a major or minor scale
An adjective applied to any pitch or chord that belongs to the perceived key. Compare chromatic.
Music--especially individual chords or melodic lines--that readily fits into a key or tonality.
Arranged to suit the requirements of a scale other than the chromatic scale, such as a major scale.
Any one of the common scales made of whole and half steps in a particular pattern. The white keys on a piano instrument from a diatonic scale.
The notes that occur naturally in ascale, without being modified by accidentals other than in the key signature.