Tune vs Chord - What's the difference?

tune | chord |

As nouns the difference between tune and chord

is that tune is a melody while chord is (senseid)(music) in music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously.

As verbs the difference between tune and chord

is that tune is to modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches while chord is to write chords for.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia tune)


(en noun)
  • A melody.
  • A song, or short musical composition.
  • (informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.
  • Your engine needs a good tune .
  • The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
  • Your engine is now in tune .
    This piano is not in tune .
  • (UK, slang) A very good song.
  • You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? —Mate, that is a tune !
  • (obsolete) A sound; a note; a tone.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the tune of your voices
  • (obsolete) Order; harmony; concord.
  • * John Locke
  • A child will learn three times as much when he is in tune , as when he is dragged unwillingly to [his task].

    Derived terms

    * change one's tune * in tune * out of tune * to the tune of * carry a tune


  • To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.
  • to tune a piano or a violin
  • * Dryden
  • Tune your harps.
  • To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
  • To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
  • * Milton
  • For now to sorrow must I tune my song.
  • To sing with melody or harmony.
  • * Milton
  • Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow, / Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
  • (South Africa, slang, transitive) To cheek; to be impudent towards.
  • Are you tuning me?

    Derived terms

    * fine-tune * stay tuned * tune in * * tuner * tune out * tune up


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    (wikipedia chord)


    (en noun)
  • (senseid)(music) A harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously.
  • * '>citation
  • (geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve.
  • (engineering) A horizontal member of a truss.
  • (aeronautics) The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
  • (computing) A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.
  • * 2005 , James Avery, Visual Studio hacks (page 99)
  • Ctrl-K is the default first key for chords , but you can create chords using any keys that you want.
  • The string of a musical instrument.
  • (Milton)
  • (anatomy) A cord.
  • Derived terms

    * mixed-interval chord * strike a chord, touch a chord

    See also

    * simultaneity


    (en verb)
  • To write chords for.
  • * 2003 , Dan Levenson, Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch
  • This chording' technique works well for learning any tune, but this is the only tune of the set that I will write out completely as a ' chorded version.
  • (music) To accord; to harmonize together.
  • This note chords with that one.
  • To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.
  • * Dryden
  • When Jubal struck the chorded shell.
  • * Beecher
  • Even the solitary old pine tree chords his harp.