Sunday, February 27, 2011

Random Must Know Musical Terms

Dynamics - The softs and louds of music

f(Forte) - Loud

p(piano) - Soft

Ritard - Slow down gradually

Accelerando - Gradually speed up

D.C. al Fine - Go back to the beginning and stop at "fine"

Da Capo - Go back to the beginning

Fine - "the End"

Coda - the tail of musical piece

Arpeggio - meaning broken chord the term arpeggio refers to playing a chord in a succession of notes rather than simultanious.

Scale - A series of notes played in an order such as ascending and descending.

Chord - A set of notes that are played at the same time. Chordal possibilities go to infinity. 

Triad - A three note chord, there are four types of triads: major, minor, augmented and diminished.

Interval - The distance between 2 notes. The smallest interval we have in western music is a minor second, also known as a half step.

Enharmonic - a note that can have one name or another, also known as an accidental

Anacrusis - pickup note