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Theory Definitions

Theory Level 8

QuestionAnswer
Accelerando Increasing the tempo, gradually
Arpeggio A chord whose pitches are sounded in succession, harp-like
Augmented Second An interval of a second having three half steps (C-D#)
Cantabile In a singing style
Chromatic Half Step A half step using the same letter name (C-C#)
Diatonic Half Step A half step using two letter names; a minor second (C-Db)
Diminished Triad A triad having two minor thirds
First Inversion Triad A triad with its third as its lowest pitch (the C Major triad in first inversion is E-G-C)
Harmonic minor Scale A minor scale that raises scale degree 7 a half step
Major Interval The set of intervals in the Major scale using scale degrees 1-2, 1-3, 1-6, or 1-7
Marcato Marked, emphasized
Melodic minor Scale A minor scale that raises degrees 6&7 a half step, ascending, and uses the natural minor, descending
minor Interval An interval which is a half step smaller than the corresponding Major interval
Natural (Pure) minor Scale A minor scale using the tones indicated by the key signature. The pattern of half and whole steps is: WHWWHWW
Root Position Triad A triad with its root as the lowest pitch (The C Major triad in root position is C-E-G)
Second Inversion Triad A triad with its fifth as the lowest pitch (The C major triad in second inversion is G-C-E)
Subito Suddenly
Transposition To move music (melodic or chordal) to a different pitch level, keeping the pattern exactly the same
Created by: flutist4life