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composition

composition

/ˌkɑmpəˈzɪʃən/
noun
the art or the act of writing pieces of music, poetry, etc.

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ballad

ballad

/ˈbæɫəd/
noun
a popular romantic song or one that narrates a story

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adagio

adagio

/əˈdɑʒiˌoʊ/
noun
a movement or composition intended to be played at a slow tempo

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instrumental

instrumental

/ˌɪnstɹəˈmɛnəɫ/, /ˌɪnstɹəˈmɛntəɫ/
adjective
(of music) made only by instruments, no vocals

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acoustic

acoustic

/əˈkustɪk/
adjective
(of a musical instrument) making a sound that is natural not amplified

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harmonic

harmonic

/hɑɹˈmɑnɪk/
adjective
connected with or denoting a harmony or harmonics

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melodic

melodic

/məˈɫɑdɪk/
adjective
connected with melody

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ambient

ambient

/ˈæmbiənt/
adjective
relating to the type of music that emphasizes on tone and atmosphere rather than traditional structure

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avant-garde

avant-garde

/əˈvɑnˈɡɑɹd/, /əˈvɑntˈɡɑɹd/
adjective
radically new or original

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indie

indie

/ˈɪndi/
adjective
(of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company

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solo

solo

/ˈsoʊˌɫoʊ/
noun
a musical piece written for one singer or instrument

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duet

duet

/djuˈɛt/, /duˈɛt/
noun
a piece of music performed by two people

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baritone

baritone

/ˈbɛɹəˌtoʊn/
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the second lowest adult male singing voice

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bar line

bar line

/bˈɑːɹ lˈaɪn/
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an upright line that separates the bars in written music

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movement

movement

/ˈmuvmənt/
noun
one of the main parts that a long musical work is divided into, having its own structure

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chord

chord

/ˈkɔɹd/
noun
three or more musical notes that form a harmony when played together

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measure

measure

/ˈmɛʒɝ/
noun
any of the short sections consisting of musical beats located between two consecutive lines

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scale

scale

/ˈskeɪɫ/
noun
an arrangement of a series of musical notes with specified intervals, in ascending or descending pitch order

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encore

encore

/ˈɑnˌkɔɹ/
noun
an additional or repeated piece that is performed at the end of a concert, because the audience has asked for it

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discord

discord

/ˈdɪskɔɹd/
noun
an unusual combination of musical notes that sound strange when played

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dissonance

dissonance

/ˈdɪsənəns/
noun
a combination of musical notes that sound harshly because they do not form a harmony

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coda

coda

/ˈkoʊdə/
noun
the final passage of an extended musical composition
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Granted, the deaf community does have issues with CODAs and SODAs, sibling of deaf adult, SODA.

But yeah, granted, the deaf community does have issues with CODAs and SODAs sometimes...

Even CODAs aren't allowed.

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clef

clef

/ˈkɫɛf/
noun
any of the signs written on the left-hand end of a staff indicating the pitch of the notes

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concerto

concerto

/kənˈtʃɛɹtoʊ/
noun
a musical composition that is written for one or more solo instruments and accompanied by an orchestra with three movements

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opus

opus

/ˈoʊpəs/
noun
a musical piece or collection that is written by a famous composer followed by the date in which it was created

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discography

discography

/dɪˈskɔɡɹəfi/
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all of the records or a list of the records that have been created by a particular singer, composer or musical band

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compilation

compilation

/ˌkɑmpəˈɫeɪʃən/
noun
something such as a book, record, etc. that consists of different pieces taken from several sources

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etude

etude

/ˈɛɾuːd/
noun
an instrumental composition that is usually short and is intended for practice or demonstration of a skill

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fingerboard

fingerboard

/ˈfɪŋɡɝˌbɔɹd/
noun
a narrow flat part on the neck of a string instrument where the fingers press the strings to play various notes

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to headline

to headline

/ˈhɛdˌɫaɪn/
verb
to be the star performer in a concert or performance
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Editors also write headlines and captions, words that can dramatically affect the viewer's perception of the image.

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to improvise

to improvise

/ˈɪmpɹəˌvaɪz/, /ˌɪmpɹəˈvaɪz/
verb
to create and perform words of a play, music, etc. on impulse and without preparation

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major

major

/ˈmeɪdʒɝ/
adjective
based on a scale in which the interval between the third and the fourth notes and the seventh and the eighth notes is a half step

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minor

minor

/ˈmaɪnɝ/
adjective
based on a scale in which the interval between the second and the third notes, the fifth and the sixth notes and the seventh and eighth notes is a half step

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interval

interval

/ˈɪntɝvəɫ/
noun
a dissimilarity in pitch between two notes

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pitch

pitch

/ˈpɪtʃ/
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the degree of highness or lowness of a tone that is determined by the frequency of waves producing it

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tempo

tempo

/ˈtɛmˌpoʊ/
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the speed that a piece of music is or should be played at

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octave

octave

/ˈɑktɪv/
noun
the interval between the first and the last notes in eight diatonic degrees

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mono

mono

/ˈmoʊnoʊ/
adjective
describing sound transmission, recording or reproduction that is transferred through a single channel

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to pluck

to pluck

/ˈpɫək/
verb
to play a string instrument, such as a guitar, using the fingers or a plectrum
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Stretch it tight and pluck it.

Pluck the string where it crosses the opening.

When the strings are plucked, the saddle transmits the vibrations into the guitar body.

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refrain

refrain

/ɹɪˈfɹeɪn/
noun
music that accompanies the section of a song or poem that is repeated after each verse, by a group of singers

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