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Syncopation
A rhythm created by putting accents in parts of the bar that are not normally emphasized.
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Chromatic
Music in which the notes that are used are not in the key of the piece.
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Mixolydian Mode
A scale that uses the following pattern of tones (T being tones and S being semitones): TTSTTST
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Trill
Rapidly alternating between 2 notes.
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Pizzicato
A technique in which a stringed instrument is plucked creating a light staccato sound.
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Pedal
A single sustained note (usually in bass)
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Imitation
The repetition of a phrase or melody that often varies in key, rhythm, and voice.
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Triplet
A group of three notes that have the same time value.
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Largo
A very slow tempo.
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Allegro
A quick/brisk tempo.
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Rit/Ritenuto
Music suddenly slowing or being held back momentarily.
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Crescendo
A gradual increase of volume in a passage.
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Diminuendo
A gradual decrease of volume in a passage.
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Staccato
Short detached notes.
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Cadence
The conclusion of a phrase, section or piece of music.
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Perfect Cadence
A cadence in which the chord of the dominant comes immediately before the chord of the tonic.
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Plagal Cadence
A cadence in which the chord of the subdominant comes immediately before the chord of the tonic.
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Dominant
The fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
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Subdominant
The fourth tone of a diatonic scale
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Tonic
The first note of a diatonic scale
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Monophonic
A piece of music with a single melodic line.
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Homophonic
Similar to Monophonic but is a piece of music with a single melodic line and an accompaniment.
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Polyphonic/Contrapuntal
A piece that has two or more independent, but harmonic, melodic parts playing together.
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Ternary Form
The structure of a piece of music that consists of 2 contrasting sections followed by a repetition of the first (ABA).
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Binary Form
The structure of a piece of music consisting of two sections, each being played twice
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Atonal
A piece of music with no key.
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Virtuosic
Music with a high degree of technical difficulty .
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Blue Note
A scale in which the 7th note is flattened. Usually used in jazz or blues music.
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Dissonance
A combination of tones that sound harsh and create tension and and unresolved feeling.
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Disjunct
2 notes in a piece of music in which the interval between is longer than a second.
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Modulation
Where the key or tonality changes to another.
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Mellisma
Where several notes are sung in 1 syllable.
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Acciaccatura
A note that is performed as quickly as possible before an essential note of a melody, it falls before the beat.
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Music in which the notes that are used are not in the key of the piece.

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Chromatic

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A scale that uses the following pattern of tones (T being tones and S being semitones): TTSTTST

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Rapidly alternating between 2 notes.

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A technique in which a stringed instrument is plucked creating a light staccato sound.

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