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Tone is often used interchangeably with pitch, and in whole tone and semitone, but the word usually means the overall sound of a note: not just the specific pitch of a note, but all the harmonics and overtones that make it sound different from a pure sine wave (a pure tone).

Each instrument has a characteristic tone: not just each kind of instrument, but the individual instrument itself. In addition, a performer's playing technique and intonation contribute to the tone.

Use this tag for questions about achieving a better tone (that is, a more pleasing sound) in instrumental technique or vocal performance, the qualities of different models of an instrument, or when comparing the sounds of different kinds of instruments.

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