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#beginquote# Stave/staff is another example, as is Note/tone, and: Tone/Whole-step, and Semitone/half-step In British (aka Aussie) musical terms, a tone is an interval of a major second, or one-sixth of an octave. Americans refer to this as a "whole-step". A Semitone ,ie: half a tone, the interval of a minor second, one-twelfth of an octave, the smallest gap between two notes ..US usage is a "half-step". While this difference in terms between countries may seen trivial, it creates real problems in a classroom, where some texts used as reference by students can, and do, contain either term, but only one is an acceptable exam answer. This is very much the case here in Australia, where both English and US cultural influnces apply, with the US in most cases dominant. ..and let's not forget the Germans, and their B/H transposition. In Germany the note B is called H, and B flat is called B :) #endquote#
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