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LESSON XXII
Chromatic Tones
It was seen in Lesson 13 that any two tones at the distance of a third might be connected by sounding the intermediate tone and that any tone might alternate with its 'neighbour'; and further that, by ellipse, this neighbour could be taken before its principal; e.g.,
These are taken in the diatonic system, that is, with­out going beyond the limits of the natural scale. When the chromatic scale is brought into use many new and surprising combinations may be introduced, for which various explanations have been advanced, but which (for the keyboard student at least) will be sufficiently justified by the present explanation.
(1) Any two notes at the distance of a tone may be connected by sounding the intermediate semitone in pass­ing. This may be done in one voice, or in several together; e.g.,
These may be combined with diatonic passing-notes, in any way that gives an agreeable effect. Such com­binations frequently have the appearance of new and alien
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