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

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Should I capitalize specific music genres?

I am a webmaster for a music festival. Looking for definitive answer as to whether these three words should always be capitalized wherever they are used: bluegrass, americana, and folk.
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Looking for a word about writing lyrics for the purpose of fitting the music

There is a word that I'm desperately trying to remember. I think it is used in the context of songwriting but it could be more general. It describes the act of writing words to fit music, or to rhyme, ...
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Why is semibreve commonly pronounced as ˈsɛm iˌbriv?

I am seeing this on some dictionary sites: / ˈsɛm iˌbriv, -ˌbrɛv / But, I've only heard it (in Anglophone musical contexts) as ˈsɛm iˌbriv. I wasn't aware about a cafe breve until yesterday. This ...
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Generic word for a verse, chorus, or bridge of a hymn or song

I'm working on a project that involves breaking a set of lyrics into “sections,” by splitting on double line breaks. Later on in the process, each section will be categorized as a verse, chorus, or ...
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What’s the meaning behind the lyric from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy “and the ‘68 festival wallflowers are thinning? [closed]

Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s lyric line from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy “and the ‘68 festival wallflowers are thinning” has continued to confuse me in its meaning. I understand “‘68 ...
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Is there a word for a style of art that is a great example of its own style? And a word that can be applied to its artist? [duplicate]

I was mainly thinking about musical artists whose songs have style that is very recognizable as an "artists name" song or as a specific genres song. Not a super pressing question but just ...
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Term for describing auditory memory similar to 'eidetic' (for visual memory)

Is there a similar term for eidetic memory, but for sound? An eidetic memory is the ability to remember things in exact detail, as if you can see them in your mind: Cambridge The measure of eidetic ...
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Origin of “ish kabibble” as an interjection i.e. 'What, me worry?'

In New York in the mid-70s, my ethnic German bride-to-be introduced me to an expression : “ish kabibble” At the moment, I thought it kind of catchy, and have used it ever since in milder WTF ...
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Using "Sequence" in music context

As a part of my academic paper, I wish to use the "Sequence" word. Here is the problem: As you can see in the picture, the "Start Time" of each note is mentioned on the time axis. ...
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Is there a word for when a song leaves out a word or phrase despite it perfectly fitting? [duplicate]

I'm gonna be honest, I've been hearing my fair share of Steven Universe music from devices I'm not in control of from across the room. In a few songs I've noticed they will leave out a word but I ...
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That noise in old vinyls or rather shellac plates

How would you call the typical background noise in old phonograph records? How would you call a record that sounds like that? For an example from YouTube: Billie Holiday, You better go now, 1947
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Is there a general word for performing music? [duplicate]

If someone is performing music with an instrument, I'd say that they're playing the instrument. If someone is performing music with their voice, I'd say that they're singing. Is there a word that ...
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What term is used for the type of music that evokes a strong picture?

Some songs, such as Rodeo by Aaron Copland and Symphony No. 1 by Daniel Bukvich can evoke strong images in listener's ears. Rodeo has listeners imagining a wild west setting while Symphony No. 1 ...
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Why are reverb effects referred to as "wet" or "drippy"? [closed]

Reverb is a type of natural effect you can get playing in wide open spaces, giving a sort of echo/reverberation as the name implies. But I'm referring more to emulated reverb through use of a guitar ...
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What does "autolyco-sentimental" mean?

Wagner is said to have described Mayerbeer's operas as follows: (translated into English and originally written in German, probably.) "Meyerbeer ... wanted a monstrous, piebald, historico-romantic, ...
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What does "snappy number" mean in Jazz?

First, I am not sure whether it would be ok to ask a question like this in this category. If it is inappropriate, I'll erase it. I bumped into Aaron Copland's saying, "... all American music could ...
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Word for the opposite of electronic music

I'm looking for a word to distinguish electronic music from non-electronic music. I'd like to categorize into these two terms and I am aware that acoustic music or maybe even analog music might be the ...
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When and where did "clam" come to mean a missed note in a musical performance?

Someone just asked me in chat what a missed note in music is called. Without hesitation, I replied, "A clam." It's what I've always heard in academic and professional settings since forever. Only now,...
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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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Rendition or Rendering?

What is a better choice between the words {1} Rendition and {2} Rendering? For a reviewer of a piece of drama or music, which word is appropriate? If we want to consider parts of speech: Rendition ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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