Music Vocabulary

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interval
The distance between two notes.
dynamics
the loudness or softness of music
sharp
raises a pitch one half step
treble
clef that refers to higher pitches
natural
cancels a sharp or flat
grand staff
two staves connected by a brace and a bracket
three beats tied
a quater note tied to a half note or a dotted half note
half note
gets two beats
tempo
how fast or slow the steady beat is moving
5 lines
how many lines are in a music staff
time signature
shows us the meter of a song (how many beats per measure)
scale
major or minor set of 8 notes
stacatto
short, detatched note (marked with a dot over it)
ledger
lines that allow a note to extend above or below the staff
triplet
a group of 3 notes performed in the space of 2
dotted note
increases the value of the original note by half it's size
quarter note
gets 1 beats
key signature
shows what key a song is in with sharps and flats
beam
line that connects two eighth notes
whole note
note that gets 4 beats
whole step
two half steps equal a whole step in a music scale
measure
the distance between two bar lines
D.S. al fine
Repeat from the sign and play to the end
D. S. al Coda
A marking that tells the musician to return to the $ sign, continue until they see the 0 with a t in it symbol, then "jump" to the same 0t symbol near the end of the piece.
16th note
four sixteenth notes are played in the time of one quarter note