Diatonic music is that which is restricted to combinations and successions of those notes which occur in the key indicated by the key signature.
The whole tone predominates in diatonic scales and chromatic scales are made up of chromatic scales.
The Greeks recognized three kinds of music is this respect: diatonic, chromatic and enharmonic.
A diatonic chord or interval is one formed by tones in the same standard scale.
A diatonic modulation is one by when a key is changed to another closely related to it.« Back to Dictionary Index