acoustic

acoustic

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

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aleatory

aleatory

/ˈeɪɫiəˌtɔɹi/
adjective
connected with or denoting musical compositions or other art forms that involve random choice using computer techniques

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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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atonal

atonal

/eɪˈtoʊnəɫ/
adjective
(of a piece of music) marked by a lack of tonality

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classical

classical

/ˈkɫæsɪkəɫ/
adjective
related to classical music

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grungy

grungy

/ˈɡɹəndʒi/
adjective
connected with grunge rock music that has a loud guitar sound

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harmonic

harmonic

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

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instrumental

instrumental

/ˌɪnstɹəˈmɛnəɫ/, /ˌɪnstɹəˈmɛntəɫ/
adjective
(of music) made only by instruments, instead of being sung

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in tune

in tune

/ɪn tˈuːn/
phrase
singing or playing with correct intonation or pitch

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lyric

lyric

/ˈɫɪɹɪk/
adjective
(of a singing voice) having a light register and a melodic style

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live

live

/ˈɫaɪv/, /ˈɫɪv/
adjective
receiving a broadcast at the time of happening

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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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melodic

melodic

/məˈɫɑdɪk/
adjective
producing or containing a pleasant melody

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melodious

melodious

/məˈɫoʊdiəs/
adjective
producing or having a musical tune, especially one that is pleasant

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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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musical

musical

/ˈmjuzɪkəɫ/
adjective
relating to or containing music

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natural

natural

/ˈnætʃɝəɫ/, /ˈnætʃɹəɫ/
adjective
(of a musical note) indicating that the note is neither sharp nor flat

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out of tune

out of tune

/ˌaʊɾəv tˈuːn/
phrase
in a state in which the correct musical sound is not played or sung

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punky

punky

/ˈpəŋki/
adjective
denoting or resembling punk rock in style

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sharp

sharp

/ˈʃɑɹp/
adjective
(of a musical note) a half step higher than a particular note

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symphonic

symphonic

/sɪmˈfɑnɪk/
adjective
connected with or in form of a symphony

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tinny

tinny

/ˈtɪni/
adjective
having a displeasing high-pitched sound resembling metallic pieces hitting each other

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tuneful

tuneful

/ˈtunfəɫ/
adjective
producing or having a musical tune, especially one that is pleasant

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tuneless

tuneless

/tˈuːnləs/
adjective
lacking a pleasant tune

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tunelessly

tunelessly

/tˈuːnləsli/
adverb
in a way that does not produce a pleasant tune

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virtuoso

virtuoso

/vɝtʃuˈoʊsoʊ/
adjective
showing a high level of skill or mastery

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vocal

vocal

/ˈvoʊkəɫ/
adjective
connected with or performed by singing

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