• Holly Mead

Composing Music by William Russo: Chapter 2 / Exercise 15-18

Passing Tones

Passing tones move by major or minor seconds between two chord tones that are a third apart.

Neighboring Tones

According to Russo, a neighbor tone is a non-chord tone that is a major or minor 2nd above or below a chord tone, preceded by a skip or a rest. According to other sources, a neighbor tone ​occurs when you step up or down from the chord tone, and then move back to that same chord tone.

Auxiliary Tones

According to several sources on the interwebs, auxiliary tones are essentially neighboring tones. For Russo's purposes, aux tones are non-chord tones that move away from a chord tone by a major or minor second and return to that same chord tone - no preceding rest or skip necessary.

Anticipation Tones

Anticipation tones belong to the chord that follows and are repeated when the following chord "arrives".