A tone is a sound with the following four attributes:
- Pitch - The possibility to order tones from low to high
- Duration - The possibility to order tones from short to long
- Intensity - The possibility to order tones from soft to loud
- Timbre - The possibility to distinguish tones with different color or texture
In music notation the tone pitch (height) is indicated by placing notes on the staff.
In music notation the duration (length) is indicated by the shape of the notes.
In music, symbols are used to indicate the intensity of the tones called dynamics.
The tone timbre form different instrument is not a like. Many instruments can produce different tone timbre with different techniques.