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Tonic (music)

The tonic is the first note of a scale.

The tonic plays an important part in determining why music composed in a minor scale sounds different from music composed in a major scale. The answer is not obvious, when one realises that each minor scale has the same key signature and hence same set of notes as a major scale. A minor scale and major scale with the same set of notes differ only in which one of these notes is the tonic.

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