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Ornaments (Embellishment)

Ornaments (Embellishments)

Embellishment is to beautify something by additions. In music, ornaments or embellishments are additional notes that are not essential to carry the line of the melody or harmony, but instead, serve to decorate that line...

Navigation

Navigation

So far, you have learned most of the elements to read and perform a piece of music. But, reading a long piece may confuse beginners. In music, there are some special navigation markings to give performers the...

Dynamics

Dynamics

In music, the dynamics indicate the variation in loudness between notes or phrases. In other words, the dynamics of a piece indicate how loud or soft we should play.

Key

Key

In music theory, the key of a piece is a group of notes that corresponds to a certain musical scale that forms the foundation of a music composition.

Modes

Modes

In modern Western music theory, a mode is a way of ordering the notes of a scale according to the intervals they form with the tonic note. This is why modes provide a vocabulary for a melody.

Diminished Intervals

Diminished Intervals

Diminished intervals are a half step narrower than the perfect or minor intervals of the same numerical name except diminished fifth which is a half step narrower than a perfect fifth. We use a lower...

Gökhan Damgacı

Gökhan Damgacı is a pianist, composer, field recordist, sound designer, and author of sound and music-related books. All his life revolves around nature, art, books, and of course coffee. In his opinion, knowledge grows when shared. It is why, in his spare time, he likes to share what he learns and knows with others.

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