Sonority New Spec
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the type of sound an instrument makes. Also known as 'timbre'
The use of voices.
A high pitched female voice.
A high male voice.
A low female voice.
A low male voice.
a male alto achieved using a falsetto voice
'false voice' technique where male singers can sing higher using a softer voice.
A slight regular wavering of a pitch used by singers and instrument players to add warmth and interest to the note.
Music played by instruments only. (No singing!)
e.g. String family, Woodwind family, Percussion family, Brass family.
Muted (Con sordino)
To deaden/quieten the sound. Brass players put mutes in the bell of the instrument to do this.
Con arco (Arco)
with a bow
plucked with the finger
when 2 strings are played at once
literally means 'trembling'. Rapid up & down movements of the bow on the strings. Good for building suspense etc.
Imitating the way sound behaves in different sized venues eg a cave, concert hall.
Usually used in rock, this is when an instrument is forced to sound 'aggressive.'
This is when a voice or instrument is multiplied electronically, so it sounds like many
A recording technique where different sounds/instruments are recorded seperately and played back together e.g. Logic
Used mostly as a recording technique, this is where the quietest sounds are boosted and the loudest are lowered, so the recording is evened out.
Device used to electronically combine a human voice with a musical instrument
Electronic device or computer program that is used to record, edit and play back music data using MIDI
taking a sound recording (or a portion of it) to edit, manipulate as part of a new composition
usually used for improvisation in jazz singing, involves singing sounds imitating the sound of an instrument.
doubling up of recorded part to make it sound fuller
simulating drums using voice
simultaneously hitting the rim and head of the drum, making a louder 'crack' sound. Good for accenting notes
guitar technique, using part of the hand to mute the strings whilst they are being played
Hammer-on / Pull off
guitar technique - sounding notes without strumming by hammering on to the fingerboard or pulling off
glissando technique created by moving a bottleneck or similar implement across the strings, mainly used in blues and country styles.
bass guitar technique, using thumb to hit down on the strings and other fingers to flick upwards off the strings.
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