Alla

In the style of — for example, “alla turca” means in the Turkish style.

Air

A tune for voice or instrument.

Adagio

At first translated as “comfortable, at one’s ease, without hurrying,” adagio has come to be accepted as the slowest tempo. Adagio is also used as a noun to designate a […]

Accordion

A musical instrument that is held between your hands, consisting of a bellows, two sets of reeds, a keyboard for the melody, and buttons for bass notes and chords. While […]

Accompaniment

Accompaniment is the music played by instruments that is heard behind the main performer. For example, singers might have “piano accompaniment.”

Autoharp

A strummed instrument with strings stretched across a resonating box. Buttons on th autoharp control bars that dampen all strings except the ones needed to produce a desired chord.

Accent

When you are playing music, to accent a note is to make it stand out from other notes by playing it differently.

Accelerando

Italian for “accelerating.” To grow faster and faster.

Accordion

This instrument is held between your hands and consists of bellows, two sets of reeds, akeyboard for the melody and buttons for bass notes and chords. While playing the keyboard […]