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auxiliary tone

noun, Music.
1.
a melodic ornamental tone following a principal tone by a step above or below and returning to the principal tone; embellishment.
Also called auxiliary note.
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  • If the half-tone, what would be the name of the auxiliary note?

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  • In the accompanying example of the trill should the auxiliary note be a tone or a half-tone above the principal note?

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    Josef Hofmann
British Dictionary definitions for auxiliary note

auxiliary note

noun
1.
(music) a nonharmonic note occurring between two harmonic notes
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