Musical Terms

  • Scale

    Pronunciation: skale What is a Scale? A scale is a set of musical notes, presented in an ascending or descending order, and sequenced by pitch. Scales are typically listed from […]

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  • Etude

    Pronunciation: AY-tood What is an Etude An Etude is a short musical composition designed to provide practice material for a soloist. Etude is a French word that means, “study.” It […]

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  • Coda

    Pronunciation: KOE-dah What is a Coda? Coda is a closing section of a musical composition that is formally different from the main structure of the song. It comes from the […]

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  • Chord

    What is a Chord? A chord is a combination of 2 or more unique notes to create the shape and space supporting a melody. It comes from the French word […]

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  • Accelerato

    Pronunciation: Ah-chel-lah-RAH-toe What is Accelerato? Accelerato is a direction in music that indicates a gradual increase in tempo. Accelerato is also known as Accelerando, which is an Italian word that […]

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  • Allegretto

    What is Allegretto? Allegretto is a direction in music defined as being moderately fast. It is a direction to play a composition in an Allegretto tempo. It is a diminutive […]

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  • Accentato

    Pronunciation: AK-sent–AH-toe What is Accentato? Accentato is a musical indication that tells a musician to put emphasis on a specific note, chord, or passage. Accentato is Italian for accento, which […]

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  • Triplet

    What is Triplet? A triplet is a kind of tuplet that involves playing 3 notes having the time value of 2 notes. Each note in a triplet has equal rhythmic […]

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  • Vamp

    What is a Vamp? A Vamp is a short passage of music that is repeatedly played to allow a soloist or ensemble time to prepare for the performance. It is […]

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