passing tone

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Noun1.Passing tone - a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notespassing tone - a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
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It reminds me of a list of alternative musical definitions such as: cello - the proper way to answer the phone; bossa nova - the car your foreman drives; diminished 5th - an empty bottle of jack Daniels; passing tone - the noise near the baked beans at family barbecues.
But these sets are probably better understood as a tonic triad with B[flat] passing tone and an enharmonically-spelled sub-mediant seventh chord (A[flat] for G[sharp]) with B[flat] passing tone.
'Walking' lines are basically when passing tones are added in between chord changes.
Elaine Hayes attunes the reader's ear to Vaughan's "languorous vibrato," her "iconic slides, passing tones, and arpeggios." Listening to the ballad "Tenderly," for example, one can hear how Vaughan's otherworldly musicality earned her the nickname "the divine one." Hayes also lets us hear Vaughan through the voices of her contemporaries.
The rest of the book builds on these concepts by using parameters such as four- and eight-measure call-and-response phrases, using chord tones and passing tones with harmony, and staggering melody and rhythm between hands.