Musical Terms

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 instrument.

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Staccato

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

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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 instruments.

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