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half step


Definition: A half step is the smallest interval in Western musical scales: D sharp is one half-step higher than D, and D flat is one half-step lower than D.
  • There are 12 half steps in one octave.

See whole step.

Also Known As:
  • semitone; minor 2nd (m2) (Eng)
  • semitono; m2: seconda minore (It)
  • demi-ton; m2: seconde mineure (Fr)
  • Halbton; m2: kleine Sekunde (Ger)

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