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    pitch vs tone

    hi,

    i am aware that the word ''pitch'' has tens of different meanings. when the context is music, one of them seems to mean the same as ''tone''.
    in this context, i couldn't notice any difference between the meanings of these words and i wonder if they are actually synonyms.

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    jc

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    Re: pitch vs tone

    They are different.

    Pitch of sound = the level or degree of the sound [low/high/sharp/flat]

    Tone = technically the largest difference in sound between two notes which are next to each other in the western musical scale

    It is also used to mean the quality of sound of a musical instrument or singing voice

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    Re: pitch vs tone

    hi,
    what is a sharp/flat sound?
    pitch and volume are the same thing?
    thanks.

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    Re: pitch vs tone

    flat = (in music) lower than a particular note or the correct note
    sharp = higher than the correct or stated musical note

    Volume is the loudness of the sound.

    Pitch is more subtle as indicated by whether it is flat or sharp or on pitch [exactly on the note].

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    Re: pitch vs tone

    a sharp is a semitone above and in the UK is written like this - D and should be read D sharp.

    a flat is a semitone below - written D and read D flat

    pitch and volume are not the same.


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