amplifier

amplifier

/ˈæmpɫəˌfaɪɝ/
noun
an electronic device that strengthens electrical signals or causes sounds to get louder

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to amplify

to amplify

/ˈæmpɫəˌfaɪ/
verb
to make a sound, especially a musical sound, louder

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arrangement

arrangement

/ɝˈeɪndʒmənt/
noun
the act of adapting or arranging a musical piece to be performed by different instruments or voices

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audition

audition

/ɑˈdɪʃən/
noun
a meeting with filmmakers during which they ask the actor or actress to perform a short scene to see if they are suitable for a role

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to audition

to audition

/ɑˈdɪʃən/
verb
to give a short performance in order to get a role in a movie, play, show, etc.

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back catalog

back catalog

/bˈæk kˈæɾɐlˌɑːɡ/
noun
a collection of previous records produced by a musician or a company

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backing

backing

/ˈbækɪŋ/
noun
music that is intended to accompany the main singer or tune

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baton

baton

/ˈbæˌtɑn/, /ˈbætən/, /bəˈtɑn/
noun
a slender stick used by a conductor while leading an orchestra

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beatbox

beatbox

/bˈiːtbɑːks/
noun
an electronic piece of equipment that imitates drum sounds adding a backbeat to songs

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to busk

to busk

/ˈbəsk/
verb
to play music in public and ask the passers-by for money

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busking

busking

/bˈʌskɪŋ/
noun
the act of playing music in public and asking the passers-by for money

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carol singing

carol singing

/kˈæɹəl sˈɪŋɪŋ/
noun
the act of singing Christmas carols in churches or streets, usually to collect money for charity

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to chant

to chant

/ˈtʃænt/
verb
to sing a piece such as a psalm, canticle, etc. in a limited range of notes and with a repetitive tone

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to compose

to compose

/kəmˈpoʊz/
verb
to write a musical piece

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composition

composition

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

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to conduct

to conduct

/ˈkɑndəkt/, /kɑnˈdəkt/
verb
to direct a choir or orchestra using special movements of the hands

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to cut

to cut

/ˈkət/
verb
to record or sing a song, track, etc. in order to make a studio recording

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demo

demo

/ˈdɛmoʊ/
noun
a short recording that serves as a sample of the work of a musical band or performer

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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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gig

gig

/ˈɡɪɡ/
noun
a live performance by one or more musicians who play jazz or popular music, or by a comedian

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to headline

to headline

/ˈhɛdˌɫaɪn/
verb
to be the star performer in a concert or performance

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to hum

to hum

/ˈhəm/
verb
to sing a tune with closed lips

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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, particularly because one is forced to do so

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instrumentation

instrumentation

/ˌɪnstɹəˌmɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
the arrangement or composition of a musical piece for a particular set of instruments

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interpretation

interpretation

/ˌɪnˌtɝpɹɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
a representation that an actor or a performer gives of an artistic or musical piece that shows their understanding and feeling toward it

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to jam

to jam

/ˈdʒæm/
verb
to play music along other musicians without practicing and as an act of improvisation

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karaoke

karaoke

/ˌkɛɹiˈoʊki/
noun
a form of entertainment in which people sing the words of popular songs while a machine plays only their music

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to master

to master

/ˈmæstɝ/
verb
to make the final version of a musical rendition or movie from which copies can be made

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microphone

microphone

/ˈmaɪkɹəˌfoʊn/
noun
a piece of equipment used for recording voices or sounds or for making one's voice louder

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to mix

to mix

/ˈmɪks/
verb
to combine several musical pieces from various sources into a single piece

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