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(@hawkfoggy)
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Hey Guys and Girls,

its been along time since i posted...well. i was wondering if any of you guys could tell me whats a passing tone? that would be great!

austa

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(@fretsource)
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It's a non-chord tone situated between (and forming a melodic progression with) two chord tones. The chord tones may or may not belong to the same chord.

For example, in a three note ascending melodic phrase over the chord of C major, such as C D E, the notes C and E are chord tones - D is a passing tone, (like a musical stepping stone.)

In a three note melodic phrase over, for example, C major to D minor, such as C, C# D, The notes C and D are chord tones of their respective chords (C & Dm) and the note C# is a passing tone. In this case it's called a chromatic passing tone.


   
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(@alangreen)
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The definition I have is that a passing tone is a tone between two notes a third apart.

These's no black art to them, we all use them all the time

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