music terms

Pitch

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Pitch is the sound that a note makes. Not all musical instruments make notes with a clear pitch; percussion instruments are often distinguished by whether… Read More »Pitch

Action

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Action is the strings’ playablility along the neck. Action is affected by the strings’ distance from the neck, the neck straightness, and string gauge.

Tempo

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The tempo is how fast or slow the song is. It is measured by beats per minute (bpm). 60 bpm is a slow tempo. 130 bpm is… Read More »Tempo

Rhythm

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Rhythm is the duration of time that the note is sounded or a variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or… Read More »Rhythm

Measures

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When writing music down on paper for other musicians to play the music is divided into what is called measures. The measures are divided with vertical… Read More »Measures

Polymeter/Polyrhythm

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Although sometimes used synonymously, polymeter is the use of two metric frameworks (time signatures) simultaneously, while polyrhythm refers to the simultaneous use of two or… Read More »Polymeter/Polyrhythm