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Theory Lesson: Dynamics

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Ted Gibson

on 22 August 2015

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Transcript of Theory Lesson: Dynamics

What are Dynamics?
Dynamics are simply musical terms for volume. Musicians use Italian words to describe different volume levels and volume changes.
What if I don't know Italian?
It's really quite easy... here's some simple Italian words you'll need to know:
Abbreviations
Musicians are notoriously lazy, and after a while they got sick of writing long Italian words, so they abbreviated.
Always keep
your eyes open...
Dynamics usually appear above or below the music. Can you
find the dynamics?
Turn it up!
Sometimes a composer wants the musicians to turn up the volume or turn down the volume. There are Italian words and abbreviations for that as well...
Theory Lesson: Dynamics
piano
= quiet
forte
= loud
mezzo...
= medium
...issimo
= very
LOUDEST
quietest
Crescendo
means "gradually increase volume." It may be abbreviated like this
Diminuendo
(or decrescendo) means "gradually decrease volume." It may be a abbreviated like this.
Make sure you know the Italian words and abbreviations for all the different dynamic levels and dynamic changes and you're sure to do well on the Dynamics Quiz.
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