Proceeding by the smaller intervals (half steps or semitones) of the scale, instead of the regular intervals of the diatonic scale.
Giving all the tones of the chromatic scale, which consists entirely of half steps
full scale which includes all twelve notes a semitone apart within an octave.
Arranged to suit the requirements of the full twelve-tone scale (as opposed to diatonic ).
A descriptive term for melodies or harmonies that use all or most of the twelve degrees of the octave.
The chromatic scale on the piano uses all 12 black and white notes, so contains notes outside whatever key a song is in, since each key only uses 7 notes. The word "chromatic" is used to describe music which uses the chromatic scale, or to distinguish instruments which are capable of playing all its notes (like the chromatic harp). When songs use the chromatic scale it often lends an exotic or sinister feel to the music.
in simplest terms this can be defined as a scale consisting of half steps. It also would naturally refer to any melodic or harmonic passages which contain primarily half steps. Pärt's music is notable for its lack of chromaticism
based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones; "a chromatic scale"
Chromatic means progressing in a scale in half steps, playing every note in a range. The chromatic scale from low G to high G is usually required of most middle and junior high school trumpet players.
Motion by half steps; or pitches used outside of the diatonic scale in which they normally occur. http://www.answers.com/topic/chromatic D7#9 Db9 Dmi7
the use of all twelve notes in an octave, as opposed to the seven notes of a major or minor scale
Refers to note going up or down a semitone
the opposite of diatonic, the relationship between intervals a semitone apart
Progressing in semi-tones as opposed to the more oft-used major and minor scales.
refering to notes that are altered by use of an accidental. Sometimes also refers to notes that are a half-step apart.
From the Greek "chromatikos" (colored). The chromatic scale divides an octave into twelve semitones (all the white and black notes on the keyboard from middle c to the c above it, for example), as opposed to the diatonic major and minor scales. Chromatic chords employ notes foreign to the diatonic scale of the prevailing key in a musical passage. The history of Western Music through the early 20th century reveals a progression of increasing chromaticism.
Melody or harmony built from many if not all twelve semitones of the octave. A chromatic scale consists of an ascending or descending sequence of semitones. Example: Bach, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, Fugue theme Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album This winding melody makes use of many half steps from the chromatic scale.
The adjective used in connection with the chromatic scale or instruments that can produce all, or nearly all the pitches. The chromatic scale consists of 12 tones, each 1/2 tone higher, ascending, or 1/2 tone lower, descending.
Pertaining to or derived from the chromatic scale, which includes all 12 tones to the octave. Chromatic harmony is a vague term referring either to the use of many altered tones in the chord, or to the use of chromatic root-movement in between the given chords.
music with more wrong notes sung than right ones
a chromatic tuner will tune to any note including sharps and flats. Therefore, a single chromatic tuner will tune virtually any instrument.
An adjective applied to any pitch or chord that does not belong to the perceived key. Compare diatonic.
the scale pattern devised by playing all the white notes and the black notes on a piano in a sequence; thus, a chromatic scale which goes from middle C to the C an octave above contains 12 different tones and 13 notes.
Melody or harmony built from many if not all twelve semitones of the octave. A chromatic scale consists of an ascending or descending sequence of semitones. This winding melody makes use of many half steps from the chromatic scale. Example: Bach, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, Fugue theme Real Audio: 28K | 56K | About this album
Ascending or descending by half steps.