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all’ ottava
February 25, 2013

often abbreviated 8va, when written above a part means to play the part one octave higher than written. When written below…

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all’ unisono
February 25, 2013

indicates that everyone should play exactly the same notes at the same pitch, or in different octaves.

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alla breve
February 25, 2013

indicates that a composition is to be played in 2/2 time, where the half-note receives one beat, instead of 4/4, where…

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allargando
February 25, 2013

Italian for slowing down.

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allegretto
February 25, 2013

a tempo marking that indicates to play slightly slower than allegro (fast) but quicker than andante (walking speed).

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allegro
February 25, 2013

originally meaning joyful or happy, it denotes a piece is to be play with a fast tempo.

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alt
June 19, 2013

the tones one octave above the treble clef . g5 to f6

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Alteration
April 21, 2013

Alteration is changing a note’s pitch by adding a sharp or a flat.  We say that a note that has been…

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Altered Chord
April 21, 2013

An altered chord is one where the pitches of the chord have been chromatically altered. For example, and d minor 7…

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altissimo
June 19, 2013

the notes one octave above alt, in other words the second octave above the treble clef.  g6 to f7.

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alto
April 21, 2013

An alto singer is the lower of two general female voice types. The higher voice being called the soprano. However, this…

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Am Frosch
April 21, 2013

To play a stringed instrument with the bow contacting the string near the frog, where the hand grips the bow.

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am griffbrett
April 21, 2013

To bow near or above the fiingerboard of a stringed instrument. Also indicated by ‘sul tasto’.

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am steg
April 21, 2013

to bow near the bridge of a string instrument. Also known as ‘sul ponticello’.

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amabile
April 21, 2013

with love.

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