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passing note

noun, Music.
1.
a note that is foreign to a harmony and is introduced between two successive chord tones in order to produce a melodic transition.
Also called passing tone.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
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passing note

noun
1.
(music) a nonharmonic note through which a melody passes from one harmonic note to the next Compare auxiliary note
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