Twelve-bar blues

In its original form, it’s a really, really, really common chord progression. It’s not just about the blues. In altered versions, it can also be used in pop and rock.…

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Turning point

Generally speaking, it’s when a situation changes dramatically. I will be using this term as the change of the music narrative that either is (or is leading us to) the…

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Tuplet

An ‘unusual’ grouping of notes within a bar. For instance, notes are grouped in twos or in fours within bars in 4/4 (that would be the time signature where there…

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Trill

A kind of ornament. It is notated with the lowercase letters ‘tr’ on top of a note. So when we see a crotchet, for instance, with ‘tr’ on top of…

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Tremolo

Fast repetitions of the same note; OR fast repetitive alterations between two different notes; OR fast alterations of the amplitude of a sound. It really depends on the instrument, the…

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Transposition

Basically, it’s keeping the intervals of a music phrase intact but shifting the entire thing to a higher or a lower frequency, thus changing its notes. It’s like taking the same…

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Tonic

The first degree of a scale. In A major, A is the tonic. G sharp minor? G is the tonic. You get the hang of it. Are you a weirdo…

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Toccata

Technically, it’s like a keyboardist saying “Yeah, I’m that good. This is the level of my technique. My dexterity is immaculate.” without really saying it. It’s the equivalent of a…

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