diatonic diatonic  /ˌdaɪ ə ˈtɑ nɪk/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals
  2. (adj) based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the major or minor scales of western music

Usage(s):

  1. Its sound has a white, diatonic, often ethereal quality that could never be confused with anything rooted in the Mississippi Delta or North Carolina backwoods.
  2. The Cornell chime has only 14 bells and its compass is thus only about one and one-half diatonic octaves.

News

  • New Diatonic Harmonica Breakthrough

    “Harmonica Doctor” Bill Price of Harmonica Reinvented.com presents: The new revolutionary Coupling method for playing the diatonic harmonica. (PRWeb August 08, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb10997375.htm
    on August 8, 2013     Source: PRWeb

Quotes

  • "It serves the film geographically," Howard says, "even though there's no specificity to the geography. We gave ourselves license to use whatever worked. I was trying to stay away from the purely diatonic African mode, because it's just a...
    on Jan 2, 2007 By: James Newton Howard Source: Variety (subscription)

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