- the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.
Origin of leading tone
Examples from the Web for leading tone
Historical Examples of 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.
The resolution to the leading-tone (d) forms an important exception to this rule.
Here the leading-tone that is prepared skips to some other chord-tone, while the new leading-tone remains stationary.