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Glossary

Sunday, 14 July 2024, 1:44 AM
Site: Open Learning
Course: Discovering music through listening (DMTL_1)
Glossary: Glossary
P

Pizzicato

Plucking the strings of an instrument normally played with a bow.

Polyphonic

A texture in which several independent musical lines interweave.

Pulse

The beat underlying a piece of music.

R

Range

The distance between the highest and lowest note of a melody; the highest and lowest note available on a specific instrument or voice.

Register

The different portions of the range of an intrument or voice.

Rhythm

Patterns of short and long notes.

Riff

A short, repeated melodic pattern in popular music.

Rubato

A flexible approach to tempo in which slight increases or decreases in speed are used for expressive purposes.

S

Staccato

A dry, brittle attack separating notes from each other.

Syncopated

A deliberate disturbance of normal metrical stress, e.g. accenting weak beats.