Music Terminology

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Accelerando
music gets gradually faster
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accent
a note is given more emphasis/ stress
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Acciaccatura
a crushed note
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Adagio
slow and relaxed
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Allegro
fast
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Allegretto
a bit fast, slower than allegro
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Appogiatura
a grace note placed quickly, normally from the note above
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con arco
with bow
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Arpeggio (AKA broken chords)
when the notes of a chord are played one after another
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Augmentation
to make a rhythm longer by increasing the length of the note duration
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Blues notes
flattened 3rd ot 5th or 7th notes
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crescendo
gradually getting louder
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chromatic
melody is semitones by step
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counter-melody
another tune which is played along with the main tune
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Diminuendo
music gradually gets quieter
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diminution
rhythm that is shortened in note length
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dischord
clashing sounds, not nice
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dissonant
when discords are being used and the music clashes
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drone
note/s that carry on through the music
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glissando
sliding from one note to another
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ground bass
a short recurring melody in the bass
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imitation
when one instrument or voice simply copies another
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largo
slow and dignified
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note cluster
lots of notes real close together, a DISCORD
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Ostinato
a short pattern of notes that is repeated over and over
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Pedal
a long, LOW note that continues under the music
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Inverted pedal
a long, HIGH note that continues under the music
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Pizzicato
plucking the strings
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pitch bend
a note that bends on a guitar string
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Polyrhythm
many rhythms, interweaving
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Presto
music is fast
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Riff
an ostinato
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Ritardando
music gets gradually slower
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Rubato
'robbed time" to slow down at cadence point
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Sequence
when a pattern of notes is repeated but slightly higher or lower
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Sforzando
when a bit suddenly stands out in the music
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Staccato
when notes are played short and detached
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Syncopation
music lies against beat
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Tempo
how fast or slow it is and how it changes
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Trill
moving quickly between a note and the one above it
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Triplets
groups of notes in threes
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Melissma
a word over two/three notes
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Portamento
a slur between two notes
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a note is given more emphasis/ stress

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accent

Card 3

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a crushed note

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Card 4

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slow and relaxed

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Card 5

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fast

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