Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Kettle Drum
The only drum that can be tuned to produce definite pitches. The name comes from the large kettle-shaped bottom, over which the skin of the drumhead is stretched. The player uses a pedal to tighten and loosen the drumhead to change the pitch. Also called timpani.


Key
1. The tonality, or scale on which a piece of music is based. The key gets its name from the first note of the scale. 2. The name for a lever that is pressed to play or control pitches on some instruments.


Key Signature
Sharps and flats at the beginning of each staff of written music that indicate the scale, or key, in which the piece is written.


Keyboard
The levers on a piano or organ that the player hits with his or her fingers to make sound.


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

Kettle Drum
The only drum that can be tuned to produce definite pitches. The name comes from the large kettle-shaped bottom, over which the skin of the drumhead is stretched. The player uses a pedal to tighten and loosen the drumhead to change the pitch. Also called timpani.


Key
1. The tonality, or scale on which a piece of music is based. The key gets its name from the first note of the scale. 2. The name for a lever that is pressed to play or control pitches on some instruments.


Key Signature
Sharps and flats at the beginning of each staff of written music that indicate the scale, or key, in which the piece is written.


Keyboard
The levers on a piano or organ that the player hits with his or her fingers to make sound.


 

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