Polyphonic music. Something in the lines of ‘opposing points’, like saying point against point. In the case of two voices, you can have a bass line as the cantus firmus…

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A harmonic progression that lets us know when a passage or song is about to come to an end. It’s the resolution of the previous harmonies, usually to the tonic…

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Chest voice

Think of speaking or shouting: we use chest voice there. The quality of the sound we make using our chest voice is rougher and has a bigger ‘body’ when compared…

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Think of pulling daisy petals and start counting on a music scale. As it is customary, you start with ‘he/she loves me’, so for the music, the first note will…

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What’s not a verse will most likely be a chorus. It’s usually what has all the instruments smashing either together or in unison. It’s what the composer wants us to remember…

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It’s either when we use accidentals in a scale or when we move in semitones. If we assume that we’re in C major, we won’t go in ascending order like:…

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It means ‘key’ and it’s a French word. Man, do you need to learn a few languages to know your music or what… If we have notes on a stave…

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As in consonance, not as in the consonants of the English alphabet. Think of consonant intervals as round sounds and of dissonant intervals as sounds with edges. Consonant sounds are robust and…

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Contra tempo

Lit.: against time. Although contra tempo is not widely used, it has the same meaning as off-beat. When I use it, I tend to use contra tempo in longer phrases,…

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Contra tenor

Also called countertenor. The highest male voice of the bunch. Has many notes in common with the lowest female voice, the contralto.

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