Music Theory Vocabulary Words

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tempo

the speed at which a passage of music is or should be played.

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unison

simultaneous performance of action or utterance of speech.

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legato

in a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes.

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chord

a group of (typically three or more) notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony.

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beat

a main accent or rhythmic unit in music or poetry.

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dynamic

normally refers to the volume of a sound or note

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resolution

the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved

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cadence

progression of (at least) two chords that concludes a phrase, section, or piece of music

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improvisation

create and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation

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pitch

highness or lowness of a tone

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sound

sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing

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tone

characterized by its duration, pitch, intensity (or loudness), and timbre (or quality)

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octave

Two musical notes which are eight tones apart on a scale

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accent

emphasis placed on a particular note

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rhythm

Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions

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measure

segment of time defined by a given number of beats, each of which are assigned a particular note value

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downbeat

first beat of a measure in music

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upbeat

an unaccented beat or beats that occur before the first beat of a measure

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syncopation

shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats

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accelerando

is an indication to gradually increase the tempo of a song until otherwise noted

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ritardando

the pace of a song gradually slows down

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melody

highest line in a musical composition

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steps

difference in pitch between two consecutive notes of a musical scale

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leaps

larger interval is called a skip

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staccato

shortened and detached when played or sung

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phrases

shortened and detached when played or sung

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theme

any element, motif, or small musical piece that has given rise to some variation

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harmony

use of simultaneous pitches (tones, notes), or chords

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progression

series of musical chords that "aims for a definite goal" of establishing (or contradicting) a tonality founded on a key

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consonance

combination of notes that are in harmony with each other

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dissonance

combination of notes that sound harsh or unpleasant to most people.

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triad

A chord of three tones, especially one built on a given root tone plus a major or minor third and a perfect fifth.

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tonic chord

triad formed on the tonic note

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dominant chord

chord built upon the dominant of a major diatonic scale. It contains a major triad and a minor seventh of the root of the triad