Musical Terminology


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    Introduction

    Hi Friends! Welcome to quick crash post on the terms used in the music industry field to get yourself started into the topic of Music engineering. This post will be update as I find newer words, so stay updated!


    Who is a Music Producer?

    • “The music producer is in charge of either writing the material or if he didn’t write it, he’s in charge of organizing it and making it sound like a cohesive song. He calls all the shots on what’s played, and when it’s played, and how it’s played, and the sounds that are used, or the vocals that are recorded if they’re correct or not. The producer is in charge of everything.” - Rick Camp

    • This term is pretty much misunderstood by many people with the rise of computerized song creation technologies.

    • "A guy who makes beats on his laptop with FL studio is a Beatmaker guy." -Donny Baker , and as said, is not a music producer per say. So don't mix up the term Music Producer with a person who makes beats/melodies.


    Common Terms in the Music Business

    • Beat

      • The unit of musical rhythm.
    • Chord

      • 3 or 4 notes played simultaneously in harmony.
    • Chord progression

      • A string of chords played in succession.
    • Demo

      • A sample recording of a band's music. Often rough recordings or early versions of "songs in progress."
    • Digital Audio Workstation

      • These are digital programs that are used to design and produce music in.
      • Examples : FL Studios, Reason, Ablteon Live, Pro Tools
    • Dynamics

      • Pertaining to the loudness or softness of a musical composition. Also the symbols in sheet music indicating volume.
    • FX

      • These are Sound effects used
      • Examples : Crickets, City Sounds, Rain,etc
    • Harmony

      • Pleasing combination of two or three tones played together in the background while a melody is being played. Harmony also refers to the study of chord progressions.
    • Instrumentation

      • Arrangement of music for a combined number of instruments.
    • Interval

      • The distance in pitch between two notes.
    • Key

      • System of notes or tones based on and named after the key note.
    • Key signature

      • The flats and sharps at the beginning of each staff line indicating the key of music the piece is to be played.
    • Modulation

      • To shift to another key.
    • Musicology

      • The study of forms, history, science, and methods of music.
    • Orchestra

      • A large group of instrumentalists playing together.
    • Pitch

      • The frequency of the vibration of sound. Pitch is measured in hertz, and is generally organised in a system known as 'equal temperament', a system of tuning in which different notes have a standardized pitch ratio.
    • Register

      • A portion of the range of the instrument or voice.
    • Rhythm

      • The element of music pertaining to time, played as a grouping of notes into accented and unaccented beats.
    • Scale

      • A sequence of notes in either descending or ascending order.
    • Tempo

      • Indicating speed.
    • Time Signature

      • A numeric symbol in sheet music determining the number of beats to a measure.
    • Tone

      • The intonation, pitch, and modulation of a composition expressing the meaning, feeling, or attitude of the music.
    • Tune

      • A rhythmic succession of musical tones, a melody for instruments and voices.
    • Voice

      • One of two or more parts in polyphonic music. Voice refers to instrumental parts as well as the singing voice.

    As always Thank you all for Reading, I hope you learn something new!
    Cheers!
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    Last Updated - 10-Jan-2019



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