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Questions about the English terms related to music, and the proper usage of them.

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Is there a word for when a band progresses quickly?

I originally used the phrase "from strength to strength" however my tutor explained that this is an empty phrase and I should think of a better term? So something along those lines but put simply.
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Why is a song's radio edit called a ‘7" version’?

For some reason, I used to think that a 7" version of a song was a 7-minute long version. Then, I started noticing that most 7" versions I came across were in fact around 3:30 long. Upon further ...
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“Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up.” [closed]

There's a linkin park song that uses this expression, what is the meaninig?
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What did 'rap' mean in 1970?

I found these folders (think pee chees) among a pile of school supplies. They reference "rap" in sort of a hippie look (and... is that John Wayne??), dated 1970. Presumably wrap is referring to folder,...
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Is a band referred to by “Who” or “What”?

If someone were to ask what your favorite band was, which of the following would be correct? Who is your favorite band? What is your favorite band? I feel like this is obfuscated by groups named ...
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What is the correct past-tense of flat & sharp in music?

Which is correct: A flatted B note was added ..., or A flattened B note was added ...? Likewise, would "A sharpened [or sharped] C introduces chromatic passing note ..." Thanks.
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Is there a word or phrase for a concert where one composer's works are played?

Latvian has the word autorkoncerts, translated in the Latvian-English dictionary as one composer's concert. Russian has the phrase авторский концерт, which literally means 'author's concert'. Is ...
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'Only piano', 'Just piano', or both?

I want to create a music playlist with music where the piano is the only instrument played, should I call it 'Only piano' or 'Just piano' or are they both correct?
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What does “you dropped them keys” mean? [duplicate]

I was listening a song called To The Left from Beyonce. There is a part that she sings: “Because you was untrue Rolling her around in the car that I bought you Baby you dropped them keys Hurry up ...
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is this sentence right, and does it sound natural? [closed]

I am going to make a channel on youtube of my demos(melody and songs) and I want to name it as: MUSIC AND SONGS DEMOS Is it correct in English and does it sound natural for English native speaker? ...
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is there a single verb for “bobbing your head to music”?

Like the title says: Is there a single verb for "bobbing your head to music"? Not headbanging, but rhythmically nodding your head to music.
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What is the origin of the music term 'grace note'?

A grace note (Wikipedia link) is a generally short-lived musical note, which serves to 'decorate' a melody, while not adding any time to it, or affecting the melody's structure in any significant way. ...
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In solfège, can you pronounce “sol” like “so”?

From the dictionaries, it seems like at least in American English, "sol" (as in "do, re, mi, fa, sol") is always pronounced "sole," but there's a spelling variation "so" is pronounced "so". Oxford (...
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What is the correct italicization of compounded titles of two or more works?

When combining the titles of two works, I know most style guides call for the shared word to retain its capitalization, e.g. Beethoven's Fifth and Ninth Symphonies not *Beethoven's Fifth and ...
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How can I describe “people beat with their feet according to music rhythm” in English?

Seek for help: Now I'm doing a translation work. How can I describe "people beat with their feet according to music rhythm" in English? Maybe one word or a few words.
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“The stars get red”, What's the meaning of that expression? [closed]

In Frank Sinatra's song "Something Stupid", He says: The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get red, and oh, the night's so blue. And then I go and spoil it ...
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Is a piece of electronic music a song or a track?

I've seen a song defined as: A short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung. And a track as A recording of one song or piece of music A song clearly has connotations of ...
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Word for: I can feel music inside me [closed]

I’ve heard a lot of musicians and music lovers say: ‘I can feel the music inside of me.’ Is there a word for that?
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Term that describes the technique in which an artist repeat lyrics from their previous work

I just want to preface this by stating I'm not sure if this would be better suited for the music stackexchange site, though I feel it's probably still appropriate here because my question mainly ...
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What word describes a musical instrument's native character?

(I asked this question in the music stack exchange at https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/54865/what-word-describes-an-instrument-s-native-character but since I am looking for a word I'll ask ...
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What is the name of the speaking style used when one wants to communicate a passage of music?

When someone wants to communicate a piece of music to someone else they will try to speak the music literally using nonsensical words. For example the start of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony could be ...
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Is there a verb for singing nonsense syllables to substitute for unknown lyrics?

Someone who doesn't know all the lyrics to a song might sing "la la la" or "dum dum dum" in place of the verses they don't know. Is there a verb for this? Similar to "humming" the tune, but with ...
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Post-song Terminology

Sometimes, after the actual song is finished, musicians add an extra something to it, not necessarily part of the lyrics. Sometimes they recite a poem or sing lyrics from another song without ...
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What do you call someone who transcribes music? [closed]

Since the person who arranges music is an arranger, the person who composes music is a composer, is the person who transcribes music a transcriber ?
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Term for addictive song, replayed too many times it is hated or neutral now

I looked thoroughly on the internet, but I failed to find a term or single word (if exists any) for a song that is so addictive that you replay it again and again although you know you will hate it ...
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Music school vs. musical school [closed]

I wonder if it is possible to say "musical school" instead of "music school" (with the same meaning 'a school of music'). Recently I have come across several sentences like that: *The obvious genius ...
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Word for a jazz style where a vocalist sings what was previously an instrumental solo

Is there a word for a group doing a cover of an originally instrumental tone, where the vocalist carefully matches the original instrumental solos' pitch and rhythm? For instance, here is a Weather ...
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A word for an instrumental melody which copies the vocal part?

Sometimes in rock music you'll hear a guitar solo which reproduces the vocal melody: from the verse, for example. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana springs to mind - here's a link to the relevant ...
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What do you call all the pieces of a song minus the lyrics

I think there must be a good word for this, but can't think of what it might be. Harmony and Melody are pieces of it, beat seems simplistic, Instrumentation seems too scientific and dull. Any Ideas?
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What is the correct pronoun to use when referering to Hatsune Miku? [closed]

This is a question I have been wondering about the last few days, and I'm still not sure if it should be posted here on in the music section, so please excuse me if it's misposted. Hatsune Miku is a ...
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What is the name of this keyboard music instrument? [closed]

I see a piano-like instrument on many of the fifties and sixties music videos. One of the best ways to describe is to show it to you: [Source: Youtube] The Doors keyboard man also played it. It has ...
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Word Hunt: Audio Player Terminology

I'm looking for a few words today, in the context of Audio Players. I'm basically looking for words that match the following definitions: Here are my current known words, and their definitions: ...
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song lyric idiom [closed]

Well, I went upon the mountain - I looked down in the sea I seen the crabs and the fishes - Doin' the be-bop-bee. 'Cause My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Yea! My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Yea! My Bucket'...
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Word for playing the music purely and unpurely

I am looking for adjectives/adverbs that express the quality and the extent to which the melody of a musical performance adheres to the prescribed composition. For example, A4 has a frequency of ...
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Image is to pixelated as a song is to ___?

The closest I could think of is "low quality" but that is not as specific as I'd like, it could also mean that the music is bad. Example: I like this song, but you should really get the CD. This ...
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Is there a word for when you hear ordinary sounds as being a part of or having the “feel” of music you were listening to?

I'm trying to find the word for when solitary notes or ordinary sounds invoke the "feel" of some music you were listening to after the music has ended. For instance, if you hear someone play an E♭ by ...
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What is the name of this symbol “♪”?

I need the names of the following symbols: ♪ The one that is not coloured in and looks like a "d" The circular one, that looks like an "o" The one like this ♪, but doesn't have the little thingy ...
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Idioms and common English phrases related to music? [closed]

I am writing a dissertation on musical education in developing countries. I would like to find titles for my section that are catchy. Does anyone have any recommendations for resources of music-...
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Word for unconventional performance in playing instruments?

A whoa-dude performance performs by Salut Salon: Competitive Foursome: It uses abnormal playing positions in the instruments, while keeping the high level of speed and accuracy of the music. It ...
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Is there a word for “piano reinterpretation”?

I really love the idea of people taking a simple melody, perhaps a well known one, and making their own piano interpretation of it, implementing some parts of the original and adding their own bit, ...
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Term for composing/melodizing a fictional song

Is there a special term for composing/melodizing a fictional song? Some novels have songs with made-up lyrics written by the authors; and sometimes, music is composed for those songs in real life. ...
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Name for this percussion instrument?

What is the name of this percussion instrument in English? It is gripped by the round handle. By using circular movements of the hand, the flat part is spun around the handle, causing the thin wooden ...
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Etymology of “high” and “low” notes

The words "high" and "low" generally refer to magnitude or vertical distance. How did these words come to be associated with pitch? We can draw comparison to high ("large") or low ("small") frequency,...
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What's a word or phrase that means “get together with people informally to play music”?

What’s a word, phrase, or expression that means to get together with people informally to play music? Something that doesn’t imply any particular style — could be Jazz, Rock, Classical, Rap, etc.
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Words Listed by Vowel Sound

I'm working on a libretto for a vocal composition which makes use of vowel formants. It's important that all of the singers can produce exactly the same vowel sound, so I'm using IPA symbols. I'm ...
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Generic term for musical piece

Colloquially, people use "song", even though "song" has actual specific properties. What is a generic term for a musical piece? "Musical piece" is OK, but there really should be one that is a single ...
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Boogie Woogie Verbing

I'm writing a caption for a cartoon using the musical genre "Boogie Woogie" as a verb. Which do you think is the most correct? Which is most clearly understandable? a) Boogie-woogie-ing b) Boogie ...
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What does the expression “You're just one more hand me down” in this song mean? [closed]

Someday they'll find your small town world on a big town avenue Gonna make you like the way they talk when they're talking to you Gonna make you break out of the shell cause they tell you to Gonna ...
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Understandable songs to learn English [closed]

I am not very good at speaking and listening English. Can someone please suggest some songs, which have clear pronunciation of English words, to listen and understand the songs too and also I can use ...
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Playing from sheet music

What is the correct phrase for using sheet music while playing? Example: I've never been good at... 1) playing by the sheets. 2) reading sheet music. It should mean that I am able to read sheet ...