The word 'embellishment' describes a broad category of notes that include both decorations of a specific note and passing notes between chord tones. Here are some of the most important types:

  1. Passing tones fill in the space between two chord tones by stepwise motion in the same direction.
    • If the PT is not diatonic (i.e. chromatic - hence showing an accidental) then it is a Chromatic PT.
      If the PT falls on a strong beat, it is an Accented PT (as opposed to an unaccented PT - usually just called a PT)

  2. A neighbor tones departs and returns to the same chord tone by step.
    • If the neighbor tone either departs or arrives with an interval other than a step, then it is an Incomplete NT.
    • If the NT has an accidental, then it is a Chromatic NT.

  3. This is an un-accented tone that is reached by step and anticipates a chord tone in the next chord.

  4. This is like a suspension (i.e. approached by common tone and resolved by step), but moving upwards instead of downwards.




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