Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Galop
A quick ballroom dance, similar to the polka.


Gigue
French for "jig."


Glass Harmonica
An instrument designed by Benjamin Franklin. It has glass bowls nestled sideways on a spindle that is rotated with a pedal. The sound is produced by rubbing wetted fingers on the turning bowls, which are all tuned to different pitches.


Glissando
A rapid succession of notes, often played on the piano or harp by sliding the fingers quickly over the keys or strings.


Glockenspiel
A percussion instrument with a set of steel bars arranged like the keyboard of a piano. It is played either with two hammers, or with a piano keyboard.


Gong
A metal disc with a turned down rim that makes a loud, booming sound when struck with a mallet.


Grave
Italian for "slow and serious."


Grazioso
Italian for "graceful."


Gregorian chant
Church music with no rhythm and no harmony. Sung without music by a number of people. Named for Pope Gregory.


Guitar
A stringed instrument with a long neck and a flat, hollow body. Its strings are plucked or strummed with the fingers.


Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Galop
A quick ballroom dance, similar to the polka.


Gigue
French for "jig."


Glass Harmonica
An instrument designed by Benjamin Franklin. It has glass bowls nestled sideways on a spindle that is rotated with a pedal. The sound is produced by rubbing wetted fingers on the turning bowls, which are all tuned to different pitches.


Glissando
A rapid succession of notes, often played on the piano or harp by sliding the fingers quickly over the keys or strings.


Glockenspiel
A percussion instrument with a set of steel bars arranged like the keyboard of a piano. It is played either with two hammers, or with a piano keyboard.


Gong
A metal disc with a turned down rim that makes a loud, booming sound when struck with a mallet.


Grave
Italian for "slow and serious."


Grazioso
Italian for "graceful."


Gregorian chant
Church music with no rhythm and no harmony. Sung without music by a number of people. Named for Pope Gregory.


Guitar
A stringed instrument with a long neck and a flat, hollow body. Its strings are plucked or strummed with the fingers.


 

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