Musical Terms

Vibrato

Refers to slight variation in pitch to create a reverberating, fuller sound. This is a common technique in singing but can be applied to other instruments, including many percussion...

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Staccato

A form of musical articulation that involves playing notes sharply and detached or separated from others.  Marked as...

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Rudiments

Rudimentary beats used to create independence between the two hands (and feet) in drumming. These beats can then be manipulated around the drumset or with any percussion...

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Rimshot

Striking both the head and the rim of a drum at the same time with one stroke. The effect is a louder, more forceful sound.

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Rhythm

The systematic arrangement of musical sounds, which creates a flowing and/or syncopated pulse. Here are some examples of different...

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Phrasing

How drum beats are distributed by the player around the drums in context to the song or drum solo.

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Metronome

A clicking device that sets the tempo for a rhythm or song. It measures time in BPM (beats per minute).  ...

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Key Signature

Flats and sharps listed at the beginning of the piece indicating the key that the music is written in. Here is an example of key signatureFlats and sharps listed at the beginning of the piece indicating the...

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Groove

A term among other drum terms used to describe the way a beat feels when it not only has a steady tempo, but “feels” incredibly good within the music.

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Dynamics

Determines how loud or quiet the music is to be played.  Here are some common dynamic markings you would see in written...

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