Definition of half step in English:

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half step

Pronunciation: /ˈhaf ˌstep/

noun

Music , North American
A semitone.
Example sentences
  • For example, the sight-singing student who depends upon intervallic content alone in rendering pitches will view the passage C-D-E-F as two whole steps followed by a half step.
  • Remind the student that in major keys, the half steps will occur between degrees three and four and degrees seven and eight.
  • Take the opportunity to point out that a perfect fifth - when counting either direction in the alphabet - contains seven half steps, avoiding confusion between B and F-sharp, or B-flat and F.

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Syllabification: half step

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