Unanswered | Answered

Musical Terminology

~1000 answered questions
Parent Category: Music
Musical terms are words and phrases that are specific to reading, writing, and playing music.
EP stands for "extended play" as EP records are longer than original single 45 records, usually containing 4 tracks. Artists usually release an EP before the full album to give the fans a taste of what is coming. The EP may include anywhere from 2 to 10 songs depending on the length of the full alb…
Popularity: 128
LP is short for "long player", typically meaning an album length record pressed on vinyl.
Popularity: 0
The most important characteristic of a musical tone, or a note, is pitch. Pitch is the musical term for how high or low a note sounds. In physics, pitch is the same thing as frequency. In other words, a musical tone is a sound whose sound waves are a specific length. The frequency of each note is …
Popularity: 6
That depends on the context. Usually, "major" means important, serious or significant.
Popularity: 21
The musical term for flowing moving along but not too slow is called an Andante. On the other hand, Allegro is quick, lively and bright.
Popularity: 0
is characteristic of classical ragtime music is the technique of placing the accent on a normally weak beat
Popularity: 6
timbre - Actor Paul Robeson is famous for the rich timbre of his voice. ; Main Entry tim·bre ; Variant(s) also tim·ber \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brə)\ ; Function noun ; Etymology French, from Middle French, bell struck by a hammer, from Old French, drum, from Middle Greek tymbanon kettle…
Popularity: 17
Crescendo means gradually getting louder, in music terms.
Popularity: 18
cadence
Popularity: 28
shortened and detached when played or sung the note are played in separate bowing
Popularity: 23
"Largo" is a slow, plodding, heavy tempo - like the marching of elephants.
Popularity: 2
Alto was the code name used by Xerox Corporation for the computer on which the graphical user interface was first implemented.More generally, Alto is a musical term, derived from the Latin word altus, meaning "high", that has several possible interpretations.When designating instruments, "alto" freq…
Popularity: 3
It's a phrase of music played repeatedly through a song. e.g. if you are singing a song, you can get someone to say "dudududududududud..." and so on, that is an ostinato. They repeat the phrase of music on and on. You can also have " dingdongdangdingdongdang..." e.t.c. Hope this helps.
Popularity: 56
Answer A quaver is an eighth note. A crotchet is a quarter note. A quaver is HALF of a crotchet.
Popularity: 22
It is the beat of the music. You gotta have a beat in music. If you do not have a structure or as it is called now a beat you can not dance.I think structure is the structure of a song like the layout of it and stuff although i could be wrong
Popularity: 17
Espressivo - To play expressively.
Popularity: 42
'Presto' is one such term. There are others.
Popularity: 3
Form refers to the organization or structure of a piece of music.
Popularity: 1
Texture in music means that the texture of the music might be thick or thin, or it may have a few layers. The effect of different components of music - the effect of the different components of a piece of music such as melody, harmony, rhythm, or the use of different instruments.
Popularity: 3
A minim lasts for 2 crotchet beats. There are 4 quavers in a minim.
Popularity: 4
Step-time mode is a technique for entering musical data into a hardware or software sequencer.Most sequencers allow the user to enter data in real time by playing live or by entering the data step by step changing notes values along the way to match the desired duration for each note.Step-time entry…
Popularity: 3
Long Playing LP can be used in both the old vinyl records and digital though I'm not exactly sure how the digital one worked but it basically is an extended version and or slower play an lp album is usually more expensive and is usually released after the full length album is released not only that…
Popularity: 14
A beat is like the tempo and never changes. the rhythm is the pattern of how the melody sounds.
Popularity: 6
A minim is a musical note equal in length to two crotchets.
Popularity: 0
A person who plays the violin is called a Violinist.Other musical terms for musicians who play other instruments:Bass: Bassist (Base-ist)Guitar: Guitarist (Gih-tar-ist)Bugle: Bugler (Byoo-gull-er)Flute: Floutist (Fl-out-ist)That is all I can give you right now. If you would like to know about other …
Popularity: 0
Adagio in Italian means "slow and stately" in English regarding the slowest movements of Baroque and classical sonatas.
Popularity: 3
The musical term for a singing voice that vibrates is vibrato. It is produced by rapidly changing the pitch just slightly.
Popularity: 0
When a group of instruments or singers play or sing in such a way that the entire ensemble has a characteristic sound, without individual instruments or voices that stand out, the group is well blended. Blend is a very desirable quality in most music, but is difficult to achieve.
Popularity: 3
There's a story about a man who asks a musician he meet on the street, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall." The musician replied "Practice, man, practice!" There are so many musical terms and conventions that it is impossible to remember them all. I've been playing for decades, and still see things I…
Popularity: 1
Its an abbreviation for Marcato, which means that the music should be emphatic or accented.
Popularity: 2
A baton.
Popularity: 0
That is "accelerando"
Popularity: 0
u can go on a website called poem hunter.com or metro lyrics.com that's all i know!
Popularity: 2
generally the bass instrument, I play the baritone saxophone and it stays at the same beat mostly with the bass clarinet.
Popularity: 1
K often refers to Kochel numbers, which is a means of cataloging all of Mozart's works done by Ludwig von Kochel. Instead of opus numbers, each piece is assigned a K number by order of composition. An example would be Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488.
Popularity: 1
You can get a free electric guitar in many ways. You can get one from friends of family as a present, you can get one by winning it as a prize, and you can also get one for free from somone who is simply giving it away because he or she has no real interest to it. Often, people will throw away guita…
Popularity: 6
I can't think of any commonly used musical terms beginning with Y, although I can just about convince myself that I once say "Yearningly" in a piece. I may be making that up, though. One phrase that's heard frequently in jazz circles but won't appear in an arrangement is "Yeah, man."
Popularity: 2
Allegro is the Italian term which describes the mood of a piece of music as happy. The pronunciation will be "al-LEY-gro" in Italian.
Popularity: 0
banjo, banjos soprano, sopranos tango, tangos oratorio, oratorios alto, altos solo, solos concerto, concertos intermezzo, intermezzos (or intermezzi, depending on how sophisticated you feel like making believe you are) staccato, staccatos largo, largos tempo, tempos (when did you last hear…
Popularity: 1
'Fortissimo' is the term for loud. - Getting louder is 'crescendo'
Popularity: 0
An appoggiatura is a type of musical ornament. It is like a 'leaning note' and is written as a grace note printed in small character, without a line through the stem, prefixed to a principal note and generally takes about half the time value of this note. It is not to be confused with an acciaccatu…
Popularity: 1
A note with a sharp sign sounds one half step higher than the same letter named note with out the sharp sign. More generally, "sharp" refers to a slightly higher pitch. For example, when adjusting two instrument to play in tune with each other, the one that is slightly (or not so slightly) higher in…
Popularity: 1
There are 16 semiquavers in a semibreve. A minim is worth two beats and a semibreve is worth four beats. So, a minim should be worth half of what a semibreve is worth. The answer is 8.
Popularity: 1
To be honest, Wikipedia is a good starting point for this type of research. If you have been directed to avoid Wikipedia, try the Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary, provided under "related links."
Popularity: 1
A crotchet represents one beat, but the composer sets the length of that beat, whether it is slow or fast.
Popularity: 3
In the US, a crochet is called a quarter note.
Popularity: 1
'Always detached' is an English equivalent of 'sempre staccato'. The phrase is a musical term. It means that the player of the particular instrument - usually keyboard - must stop the note almost immediately after it sounds. The result is a minimal amount of time in which the note actually is sounde…
Popularity: 3
A Semi-breve lasts for 4 beats. So, in the time signature of 4/4, a Semi-breve lasts for 4 Quarter notes.
Popularity: 1
the twelfth of an octave is equal to a semitone ,which is the smallest interval in music an interval is every other note ,the deference of pitch in music,like a major chord.
Popularity: 2
You start with 1-2 1-2 1-2 and do half circle arches with the batons.
Popularity: 4
Adagio means "to play slowly". This tempo marking is slower than andante, but a bit faster than largo.
Popularity: 4
Crescendo means getting louder.
Popularity: 0
4/82/44/4
Popularity: 2
morse code has nothing to do with music but if u were to say it . would be short note and - would be long note
Popularity: 0
A baton.
Popularity: 126
A grace note or in Latin; acciaccatura (a-cha-cha-tura) is when you play a black quickly before the principal note. In music it is written as a small quaver (occasionaly notes with lower time values) note with a dash through it followed by the principal note, this signifies a grace note.
Popularity: 1
In music, getting gradually quieter can be called a "fade."
Popularity: 0
Gradually slowing down is 'decelerating'.
Popularity: 0
Shakira is whether Skype
Popularity: 2
Texture referrs to the "feel" of the music. (aka. dark and foreboding, bouncy, light, etc.)
Popularity: 4
Many theory books are available that include definitions of all sorts, look in any good quality music shop or online and you will find them!
Popularity: 1
Tab is a form of music that many guitar players read.
Popularity: 2
The music terminology is a set of directions used in music compositions during the common practice period. Most of these terms are in Italian: many other languages including French and German appeared since the Romantic period. The terminology includes directions related to tempo, tune and articulat…
Popularity: 1
A pitch is a specified note or notes in a musical passage.
Popularity: 3
Allegro
Popularity: 4
Pianoforte is an instrument whose name comes from the Italian equivalents of the English words "soft" and "loud." The masculine singular noun may be preceded by the masculine singular definite article il ("the") or indefinite un, uno ("a, an"). The pronunciation will be "PYA-no-FOR-tey" in Italian.
Popularity: 1
A bar is a term that describes a measure, which is a way of counting time in music by means of a unit of time.
Popularity: 3
its basically the bit before the chorus and after the chorus! (a load of words)
Popularity: 4
Each note has a specific frequency. The frequency is defined by the wavelengths produced by the sound. Just as FM radio stations each have specific frequencies (ie: 96.5), musical notes are the same. Think of an image of a wavelength. The more squiggles, the higher the frequency, and the higher the …
Popularity: 6
There are millions and millions of musical terms, and I could not possibly hope to explain them all, but here are a few examples. Staccato=Short or disconnected Ritardo=Slow down Crescendo=louderDecrescendo=softerLegato=long or connectedIf you want more, search 'Musical terms' on google.
Popularity: 2
The melody is the leading tune for instance the first clarinets or the first flutes generally play the melody while the saxophones play the harmony.
Popularity: 1
A semiquaver is worth 1/4 beats. A crotchet takes one beat. Therefore there are four semiquavers in a crotchet.
Popularity: 1
It stands for rhythm and blues. It is a style of music.
Popularity: 3
A swung quaver is a musical technique of playing two quavers. Instead of playing them with equal spaces between each one, the first quaver is held for slightly longer than the second one, resulting in an obvious accent on the first quaver
Popularity: 9
Yes, the musical term 'diminuendo' is a type of dynamics. The word 'dynamics' refers to existing sound in terms of its levels of loudness or softness. The word 'diminuendo' is Italian for 'getting softer and softer'. So it measures sound in terms of softness. It therefore is a type of dynamics.
Popularity: 0
The three main types of clef signs used in modern music notation are the G-clef, C-clef, and F-clef Placement on different lines of the staff indicate a different tessituras, with nine possible distinct clefs. In contemporary music literature, only four clefs are used regularly: the treble clef, t…
Popularity: 206
Its How Loud Or the overall summary of the music
Popularity: 3
It's a technique for string instruments, where two strings are played at the same time.
Popularity: 1
Each semi-tone is 1/12 of an octave meaning there are 12 semi-tones in an octave.
Popularity: 1
There are 16 semiquavers in a semibreve.
Popularity: 2
crescendo (cre-shen-do), a musical term meaning a gradual increase in sound, from soft to very lound.
Popularity: 0
"Extremely slowed down" and "very much held back" are English equivalents of the Italian phrase rit assai. The masculine singular past participle and adverb represent the short form of ritenuto assai. -- as well as of ritardando assai ("gradually slowing down very much [so]). The pronunciation will …
Popularity: 0
Distortion is the twisting and tweaking of musical sound to give it a particularly desired outcome.
Popularity: 2
There are 2 semi-quavers in a quaver
Popularity: 0
It means pianoforte or piano.
Popularity: 4
8 Beats. No there aren't - there are four beats in a breve (and 8 quavers).
Popularity: 3
There are 4 minims in a breve.
Popularity: 1
As found in a musical context, ritenuto means "immediately slower", or "held back".
Popularity: 1
layers of sound
Popularity: 6
Accelerando is a musical term that instructs the musician to increase in tempo.
Popularity: 0
It is the way the melody, rhythm, and harmony are written together in a musical composition. It can be used to describe the density, thickness, or range of the piece. It can also determine the way a piece sounds determining the instruments, timbre, voices, and tempo.
Popularity: 1
In common, or 4/4 time, there are 16 semiquavers in one measure.
Popularity: 1
That term is called a forte piano and it means that you hit the note fairly loud, and then come down in volume.
Popularity: 13
Poco più mosso in Italian means "(with) slightly more movement" in English.
Popularity: 1