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n. Music
The second tone of a diatonic scale.


1. (Music, other) the second degree of a major or minor scale
2. (Music, other) a key or chord based on this


(ˌsu pərˈtɒn ɪk)

the second tone of an ascending diatonic scale.
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Noun1.supertonic - (music) the second note of a diatonic scale
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Supertonic Sound Club have released Truly Something Special - which certainly applies to this band.
This "verboten" interval of a diminished 3rd, from flattened supertonic to leading note, is found with some frequency in Bach, in particularly dramatic moments.
embellished) by the supertonic (II), which arrives on a more foreground level during the "6-phase" of IV, on its way to the dominant (V) for contextual and voice leading reasons (p.
Anna captured ghost-like sounds by softly striking the bass metallophone and playing minor seconds in rising sequences, finishing on the supertonic and leaving her story unresolved.
Some of the 29 lessons include: tonic, dominant, pre-dominant, supertonic sevenths, dominant sevenths, prolonging chords, melodic figurations, sequences, inversions, modulation, applied dominants, melody writing, form and analysis.
The melodic structure is built on four notes (tonic, supertonic and submediant) in order to reflex the tone of the language.
On MUNFLA tape 70-08 C674, on which Mac Masters is instructing Will Wareham in the finer points of dance music, he vamps in between strains of the music: he plays a couple of "jogs," then draws a note on the same button, which produces the supertonic note (it sounds like an attempt to get more air in the bellows) all the while rhythmically beating time with his feet.