Audio track

Let’s visualize something. We have person A who is speaking and person B who is writing down on a notebook whatever person A is saying. The notebook is more or…

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Augmented chord

Similar to the diminished chord, we also have the augmented chord. (surprise, surprise!) So we have two major thirds stacked on top of one another. The interval between the first and…

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Augmented fifth

It’s a perfect fifth that has gotten bigger. Either the low note goes a bit lower or the top note goes a bit higher, thus making the interval bigger.

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Accelerando

To accelerate. Imagine that you are inside a car and step on the throttle. You start going faster and faster, right? In music, it’s quite similar, only that we don’t…

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Accentuation

It’s NOT that DIF-fer-ent from SPEECH. The syllables written in capital are the accents. Same goes for music.

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Augmented interval

Typically the interval between the tonic and the fourth, fifth or eighth degrees of the scale, plus a semitone. We can also have an augmented third (it’s basically a perfect fourth, but…

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Accidental

As a warm up, have a look at the key signature, the flat and the sharp. If you’re not in the mood, let’s skip ahead. Usually, music compositions are written…

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Accompaniment

One or more music parts that play along with the leading part. You don’t necessarily accompany a voice, as other instruments can have a leading role in a song.

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Anhemitonic

A scholarly acceptable (aka classy) way to say that a music scale does not have any semitones in it. Also, see hemitonic.

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Anisong

Anime + song. It’s the music featured in anime. You may also come across anison instead, which I believe is the transliteration from katakana. Weeb-up people!

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