leading note

leading tone

[lee-ding]
noun Music.
the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.
Also called leading note.


Origin:
1910–15

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leading note (ˈliːdɪŋ)
 
n
1.  another word for subtonic
2.  (esp in cadences) a note, usually the subtonic of a scale, that tends most naturally to resolve to the note lying one semitone above it

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