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passing note

noun Music.
  1. a note that is foreign to a harmony and is introduced between two successive chord tones in order to produce a melodic transition.
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Origin of passing note

First recorded in 1720–30
Also called passing tone.
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British Dictionary definitions for passing note

passing note

US passing tone

noun
  1. music a nonharmonic note through which a melody passes from one harmonic note to the nextCompare auxiliary note
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