Nov 10, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
A Glossary of music terms
Accent: An unusual manner of pronunciation, e.g. "Y'all sang that real good!"
Accidentals: When you hit the wrong notes.
Agnus dei: A famous female church composer.
Augmented fifth: A 36-ounce bottle.
Beat: What music students to do each other with their musical instruments. The down beat is performed on the top of the head, while the up beat is struck under the chin.
Chord: Usually spelled with an "s" on the end, means a particular type of pants, e.g. "He wears chords."
Con Brio: Done with scouring pads and washboards.
Da capo al fine: I like your hat!
English horn: A woodwind that got its name because it's neither English nor a horn. Not to be confused with French horn, which is German.
Estampie: What they put on letters in Quebec
Fine: That was great!
Harmony: A corn-like food eaten by people with accents (see above for definition of accent).
Interval: How long it takes you to find the right note or chord.
Opus: A penguin in Kansas.
Sforzando: A chordal orgy first discovered by a well-endowed woman pianist leaning forward for a page turn.
Tempo: This is where a headache begins.
Virtuoso: A musician with very high morals.