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DHC Terms

Beat a steady underlying pulse
Rhythm a pattern performed over a beat
Duple Meter a strong-weak feel feeling
Triple Meter a strong-weak-weak feel feeling
Tempo How fast or slow the beat goes
Major Tonic Triad Consists of Do-Mi-So or a 1st, 3rd, and 5th scale degree in major
Minor Tonic Triad Consists of La-Do-Mi or a 1st, 3rd, and 5th scale degree in minor
Dominant The major V chord in major consisting of So-Re-Ti. (Fa can be included)
Harmony Any simultaneous combination of tones, mostly arranged into chordal structures
Cadence The end of a melodic or harmonic phrase in music
Forte Loud
Piano Soft
Mezzo Medium
Crescendo Gradually getting louder
Decrescendo Gradually getting softer
Key Signature A series of sharps or flats written just after the clef
Meter Signature shows how many beats are in a measure and what rhythm symbol gets the beat
Ostinato A repeating motif, phrase, or pattern in music
Bass Line The root notes of the harmonies/chords in a piece of music
Diction How we pronounce and articulate words and vowels
Staccato short, separated sound
Legato smooth, connected sound
Marcato A note, chord, or passage that is forcefully louder than the music surrounding it
Accent A symbol showing that a note is louder than the notes surrounding it
Tenuto Indicates to play a note slightly longer or louder than it would normally be played
Created by: jordantheghost