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What's the difference between "tune" and "melody"?

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Rebecca

Usually, "tune" and "melody" express the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. Both words refer to a series of notes in a song or a part of a song. The only difference is that "tune" can also be used to mean that something is on "pitch" or in the right key. "Tune" can also be used as a verb. However, in this context, "tune" and "melody" can be used interchangeably. Ex: She played the tune of the song on the trumpet. Ex: How does the melody for that song go?

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