whole step


A whole step is an interval consisting of two half steps; the distance between C and D is a whole step. Also called simply a “step.”

Also Known As:
  • whole tone; step; Major 2nd (or M2)
  • tono; M2: seconda maggiore (It)
  • ton; M2: seconde majeure (Fr)
  • Ganzton; M2: grosse Sekunde (Ger)

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Kraemer, Brandy. "whole step." ThoughtCo, Jun. 20, 2014, thoughtco.com/whole-step-definition-2701840. Kraemer, Brandy. (2014, June 20). whole step. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/whole-step-definition-2701840 Kraemer, Brandy. "whole step." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/whole-step-definition-2701840 (accessed September 26, 2017).