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Cara Kennedy
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Tempo
How fast or slow the music is
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Pulse
The constant beat throughout a piece of music
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Dynamics
How loud or quiet the music is
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Instrumentation
The instruments used in a piece
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Melody
The tune
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Pitch
How high or low something is
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Texture
How the instruments and layers work together in a piece
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Timbre
The sound or tone quality of a particular instrument or piece
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Structure
The form or layout of a piece of music
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Rhythm
How long or short the notes are
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Balungan
The original melody in a Gamelan piece of music
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Peking
The melody that decorates the original melody
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Heterophonic
A decorated texture
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Oral Tradition
The method of teaching music by ear, rather than through written notation, passed on from generation to generation
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Baroque
An era from approximately 1600-1750
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Chord
Two or more notes played together at the same time
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Triad
A three note chord using notes 1, 3 and 5 of the scale
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12 Bar Blues
The chord sequence used to structure Blues music
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Improvisation
To make music up on the spot
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Blues Scale
The scale used as a stimulus for improvisation in Blues music
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Sample
A digitally recorded fragment of sound
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Looping
To repeat a sample
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Metronome
A device that plays a pulse to you to help keep you in time when recording
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Accent
To emphasise something
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Time Signature
How many beats there are in each bar
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Syncopation
Accenting the weaker beats
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Accompaniment
A part that supports a main melody or rhythm
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How fast or slow the music is

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Tempo

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The constant beat throughout a piece of music

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How loud or quiet the music is

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The instruments used in a piece

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