half Step

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A half step is the smallest interval in Western musical scales: D sharp is one half-step higher than D; D flat is one half-step lower than D.

  • There are two half steps in one whole step.
  • Also known as a semitone or minor 2nd.

Also Known As

  • semitone; minor second
  • semitono; seconda minore (It)
  • demi-ton; seconde mineure (Fr)
  • Halbton; kleine Sekunde (Ger)