How to Pass National 5 Music, Concepts at Work (page 4)
Play/sing a few tones and semitones and listen carefully to their characteristic sound. Notice that semitones seem to ‘lean’ towards the second note, slightly discordantly, whereas tones are more harmonious.
A classic semitone sound can be heard in the main ‘shark’ theme (played on cello) from the film ‘Jaws.’ (Music by John Williams, 1975.) Clickhereto listen to this.
ctivity Time Exercise
Other ‘fractions’ of a tone such as quarter tones (called microtones) can be achieved by, for example, bending a note on a stringed instrument.
Most pitched musical instruments are capable of producing tones and semitones.
Audio Example 1. Click ‘play’ to hear the example below