Unison

Two sources playing the exact same note, in the same octave. When we say that two instruments play in unison, we mean that both instruments play exactly the same music…

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Variation

Variations are one of the ways to develop musical ideas. So, you take the material you want to develop and repeat it in an altered form. By combining these variations,…

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Verse

A verse to music is what a stanza is to poetry. It’s one of the two main parts that make up a song. It’s not what’s repeated, it’s the chorus’…

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Vibrato

Lit.: to vibrate. In vocals: instead of keeping the note as smooth and steady as possible, we slightly variate the pitch. In instruments: same principle, most commonly used in string instruments and…

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Virtual instrument

Also VSTi or VST instrument. Call them however you want, depending on your mood or on how fancy you wanna sound, I guess… Virtual instruments use VST technologies to produce…

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Vocal cords

The source of our voices. They are mucus membranes that are located in our larynges that open and close fast to produce sounds.

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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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