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  1. nonharmonicadjective

    not harmonic

    "a nonharmonic note"


  1. nonharmonicadjective

    Not harmonic.


  1. nonharmonic

    A nonchord tone (NCT), nonharmonic tone, or embellishing tone is a note in a piece of music or song that is not part of the implied or expressed chord set out by the harmonic framework. In contrast, a chord tone is a note that is a part of the functional chord (see: factor (chord)). Non-chord tones are most often discussed in the context of the common practice period of classical music, but they can be used in the analysis of other types of tonal music as well, such as Western popular music. Nonchord tones are often categorized as accented non-chord tones and unaccented non-chord tones depending on whether the dissonance occurs on an accented or unaccented beat (or part of a beat). Over time, some musical styles assimilated chord types outside of the common-practice style. In these chords, tones that might normally be considered nonchord tones are viewed as chord tones, such as the seventh of a minor seventh chord. For example, in 1940s-era bebop jazz, an F♯ played with a C 7 chord would be considered a chord tone if the chord were analyzed as C7(♯11). In European classical music, "[t]he greater use of dissonance from period to period as a result of the dialectic of linear/vertical forces led to gradual normalization of ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords [in analysis and theory]; each additional non-chord tone above the foundational triad became frozen into the chordal mass."


  1. nonharmonic

    Nonharmonic refers to sounds, tones, or frequencies that are not part of a harmonic series or not in harmony with each other. This term is often used in music to describe dissonant sounds or discordant elements. In the field of mathematics or physics, nonharmonic phenomena are those that do not obey or fit into the mathematical properties of a harmonic function.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonharmonic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonharmonic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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