- involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals.
- progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp.
- chromatic aberration,
- chromatic adaptation,
- chromatic colour,
- chromatic scale,
- chromatic sign
Origin of chromatic
Examples from the Web for chromatic
Inside the bus, the walls are plastered with famous figures over swirls of chromatic paint.
Chromatic (noun)—a term somewhat loosely applied to any tone not belonging to the key as indicated by the signature.Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
A “chromatic scale” is thus a series of semi-tones, and is commonly written with sharps in ascending and flats descending.
The practical compass of the double bass extends from (real sounds) with all chromatic intervals.
- involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
- of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing ita chromatic harmonica
- of or relating to chromaticismCompare diatonic
Word Origin for chromatic
1590s (of music), "progressing by half-tones;" 1831 as "pertaining to color," from Latin chromaticus, from Greek khromatikos "relating to color, suited for color," from khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, character," but chiefly used metaphorically of embellishments in music, originally "skin, surface" (see chroma).