Definition of leading tone in English:

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leading tone

Pronunciation: /ˌlēdiNG ˈtōn/

noun

Music North American
Another term for subtonic.
Example sentences
  • A good tool for determining the new key is to identify the new leading tone, which is located one half step below the new tonic.
  • A strongly accented weak beat, an isolated high note, an unresolved leading tone - all these suggest that somewhere, somehow, later on their unrealised implications will be ‘actualised’.
  • This line of thinking reasons that the resolution of the leading tone, for example, must be rendered by Ti to Do; Si to La, as occurs in La-Based Minor, simply will not do.

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Syllabification: lead·ing tone

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