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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 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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Name for music that imitates speech

I have searched and asked others for the answer to this but have come up dry: what is the name or technique in music where musical notes approximate/imitate speech? Note that I am not talking about ...
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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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Using your voice as an instrument

What are some words that describe using one's voice as an instrument, i.e. doing certain things with the voice, not necessarily just hitting particularly challenging higher/lower registers? Things ...
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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 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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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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Word for listening to a single song over and over

Is there an English verb that would mean listening to a single song (on repeat) over and over just because one likes it so much? In my language we have a word that would in English literally mean ...
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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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Prolong the sound of a word in writing

How do I prolong the sound of a word in writing, while maintaining its natural sound? I want to prolong the sound of these words: Doh Rei Mi Fah Sol If I write Doooooh, people might read ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Do native speakers understand all the words in songs? [closed]

I'm wondering if native speakers understand all the words in songs. For me it is very very difficult, as I can usually understand only 30% of words and phrases in songs. While listening to people's ...
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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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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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Do “chorus” and “refrain” have different connotations?

In a musical context, let's say musicians talking about present-day pop music (i.e. there is not a real chorus with 40 people singing), do the words “chorus” and “refrain” carry different meanings? Is ...
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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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What is the false stop in a music piece called?

For example, Watch around 2:10 here. What is this false stop called? is there a single word?
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What does “Nine Below Zero” mean?

There is a Blues Standard "Nine Below Zero" and I wonder what the phrase means. The chorus is Nine Below Zero, she put me down for another And it would also be super interesting where this ...
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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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Meaning of “black on black” in Nickelback's “Animals”

The song "Animals" by Nickelback starts with the following lines: I, I'm driving black on black Just got my license back I got this feeling in my veins This train is coming off the ...
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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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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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What was Princeton 6 in Jamaican English?

I got an Old Raggae album and started listening to "Bam Bam" by Sister Nancy (youtube) After listening several times, I could start making out the English words (lyrics): A me seh one thing Nancy ...
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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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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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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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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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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 “A Song that Sets a Scene in a Particular Region or Culture”

This is a technical term in theater and movie arts for a stereotyped piece of music that is played to cue the audience that a scene is set in a particular location. E.g. London --> Rule ...