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Music Theory, 3E by Michael Miller

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APPENDIXA

Glossary

a cappella Vocal music, without instrumental accompaniment.

a tempo Return to the previous tempo.

accelerando Gradually speed up. (Abbreviated as accel.)

accent A note played louder or with more emphasis than regular notes.

accidental A marking used to raise and lower the indicated pitch. Sharps raise the note a half step, flats lower the note a half step, and naturals return the note to the original pitch.

adagietto Tempo marking for a moderately slow tempo, slightly faster than adagio.

adagio Tempo marking for a moderately slow tempo.

allegretto Tempo marking for a moderately fast tempo, not quite as fast as allegro.

allegro Tempo marking for a fast, cheerful tempo.

altered bass chord A chord with some note other than the ...

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