- the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.
Origin of leading tone
First recorded in 1910–15
Also called leading note.
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Examples from the Web for leading tone
The embellishment is treated in the same way, but is most effective when the principal tone is the leading-tone, as at b.
Here the leading-tone that is prepared skips to some other chord-tone, while the new leading-tone remains stationary.
The resolution to the leading-tone (d) forms an important exception to this rule.