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Theory Definitions

Theory Level 4

Chord Three or more tones sounding together
Crescendo Gradually growing louder
Decrescendo/Diminuendo Growing softer
Fortissimo Very loud
Interval The distance in pitch between two notes
Legato Play in a smooth and connected manner
Major Triad A triad with four half steps between the root and third of the chord and three half steps between the third and the fifth of the chord.
Mezzo Forte Moderately loud
Mezzo Piano Moderately soft
Natural An accidental that cancels out a sharp or flat
Ornament A note or notes added to "beat" notes of music. The notes decorate or embellish the music.
Pianissimo Very soft
Tempo The speed of steady beats moving in time
Time Signature Two numbers, one on top of the other, that indicate the number of beats in the music that follows.
Tonic The first note of a scale, scale step one, the Keynote
Triad A three note chord, built of thirds
Half Step The distance from one key to the very next key
Tie A curved line connecting two notes of the SAME pitch
Slur A curved line connecting two notes of DIFFERENT pitches
Created by: flutist4life