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Words Related to Music - Describing Music

Here you will learn some English words related to describing music such as "acoustic", "a capella", and "funky".

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Words Related to Music
acoustic
[adjective]
(of a musical instrument) making a sound that is natural, not amplified
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staccato
[adjective]
a style of playing or singing musical notes with short, distinct intervals between them
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tuneless
[adjective]
lacking a pleasant tune
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tuneful
[adjective]
producing or having a musical tune, especially one that is pleasant
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tenor
[adjective]
relating to the adult male voice of the highest natural pitch range
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vivace
[adverb]
(music) in a lively and animated manner
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symphonic
[adjective]
connected with or in form of a symphony
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melodious
[adjective]
producing or having a musical tune, especially one that is pleasant
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melodic
[adjective]
producing or containing a pleasant melody
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major
[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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live
[adverb]
regarding an event or performance happening at the present moment
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instrumental
[adjective]
(of music) made only by instruments and without vocals
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harmonic
[adjective]
connected with or denoting a harmony or harmonics
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grungy
[adjective]
connected with grunge rock music that has a loud guitar sound
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sharp
[adjective]
slightly higher in pitch than the corresponding natural note
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punky
[adjective]
denoting or resembling punk rock in style
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natural
[adjective]
(of a musical note) indicating that the note is neither sharp nor flat
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minor
[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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atonal
[adjective]
(of a piece of music) marked by a lack of tonality
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ambient
[adjective]
relating to the type of music that emphasizes on tone and atmosphere rather than traditional structure
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aleatory
[adjective]
connected with or denoting musical compositions or other art forms that involve random choice using computer techniques
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low
[adjective]
situated toward the lower end of the audible range
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brassy
[adjective]
having a harsh, loud, or bold tone, reminiscent of brass instruments
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biphonic
[adjective]
describing a quality of music that involves the simultaneous production of two distinct pitches or tones, often with one serving as a drone or sustained pitch while the other carries the melody or rhythm
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vocal
[adjective]
connected with or performed by singing
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rhythmic
[adjective]
(of sound) following a steady and regular beat or pattern
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musical
[adjective]
relating to or containing music
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orchestral
[adjective]
relating to or made for an orchestra, typically involving a wide range of instruments playing together
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classical
[adjective]
related to classical music
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lyric
[adjective]
(of a singing voice) having a light register and a melodic style
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loud
[adjective]
making a noise that is noticeable and disruptive to those nearby
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funky
[adjective]
(of sound or music) lively, rhythmic, and characterized by unconventional harmonies and offbeat accents
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all-star
[adjective]
(of a performance) exceptional in quality or features highly skilled performers
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solo
[adjective]
done or created by just one person
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solid-body
[adjective]
describing any musical instrument that has a body made entirely from a solid block of wood or other solid material
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pop
[adjective]
related to popular culture, with many appealing elements such as music, fashion, art, etc.
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avant-garde
[adjective]
innovative, experimental, or unconventional in style or approach, especially in the arts
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treble
[adjective]
relating to the highest range of musical notes or frequencies
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monophonic
[adjective]
describing sound transmission, recording or reproduction that is transferred through a single channel
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on shuffle
[adverb]
(of tracks on a music player or an app) played randomly
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a capella
[adverb]
solely with vocal harmony and melody
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