Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Galop
A quick ballroom dance, similar to the polka.


Gamelan
A multi-timbre ensemble consisting of metallophones, xylophones, flutes, gongs, voices, as well as bowed and plucked strings.


Gankogui
An African bell made of forged iron and comes in various sizes, it is played by with a wooden stick.


Gigue
French for "jig."


Glass Harmonica
An instrument designed by Benjamin Franklin. It has glass bowls nestled sideways on a spindle that is rotated with a pedal. The sound is produced by rubbing wetted fingers on the turning bowls, which are all tuned to different pitches.


Glissando
A rapid succession of notes, often played on the piano or harp by sliding the fingers quickly over the keys or strings.


Glockenspiel
A percussion instrument with a set of steel bars arranged like the keyboard of a piano. It is played either with two hammers, or with a piano keyboard.


Gong
A metal disc with a turned down rim that makes a loud, booming sound when struck with a mallet.


Gong
A flat, circular metal disc which is hit with a mallet.


Grave
Italian for "slow and serious."


Grazioso
Italian for "graceful."


Gregorian chant
Church music with no rhythm and no harmony. Sung without music by a number of people. Named for Pope Gregory.


Guiro 
A Latin American percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side


Guitar
A stringed instrument with a long neck and a flat, hollow body. Its strings are plucked or strummed with the fingers.


Guitarrón
a large six-stringed, plucked instrument, usually part of a mariachi ensemble


Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Galop
A quick ballroom dance, similar to the polka.


Gamelan
A multi-timbre ensemble consisting of metallophones, xylophones, flutes, gongs, voices, as well as bowed and plucked strings.


Gankogui
An African bell made of forged iron and comes in various sizes, it is played by with a wooden stick.


Gigue
French for "jig."


Glass Harmonica
An instrument designed by Benjamin Franklin. It has glass bowls nestled sideways on a spindle that is rotated with a pedal. The sound is produced by rubbing wetted fingers on the turning bowls, which are all tuned to different pitches.


Glissando
A rapid succession of notes, often played on the piano or harp by sliding the fingers quickly over the keys or strings.


Glockenspiel
A percussion instrument with a set of steel bars arranged like the keyboard of a piano. It is played either with two hammers, or with a piano keyboard.


Gong
A metal disc with a turned down rim that makes a loud, booming sound when struck with a mallet.


Gong
A flat, circular metal disc which is hit with a mallet.


Grave
Italian for "slow and serious."


Grazioso
Italian for "graceful."


Gregorian chant
Church music with no rhythm and no harmony. Sung without music by a number of people. Named for Pope Gregory.


Guiro 
A Latin American percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side


Guitar
A stringed instrument with a long neck and a flat, hollow body. Its strings are plucked or strummed with the fingers.


Guitarrón
a large six-stringed, plucked instrument, usually part of a mariachi ensemble


 

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