19 terms

Hal Leonard Piano 2 Theory

piano terms and signs from HL book 2
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decrescendo
gradually softer
crescendo
gradually louder
legato
smooth and connected
staccato
short and separated
sharp
play a half step higher
flat
play a half step lower
natural
cancels a sharp or flat
tempo
the speed of the music
triad
a 3 note chord
pianissimo
very soft
fortissimo
very loud
fermata
hold the note longer
8va
play one octave higher
phrase
a musical sentence
ritard
gradually slower
whole rest
rest for the whole measure
accent
play the note louder
accidentals
sharps or flats not in the key signature
leger lines
short lines above or below the staff