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Music Revision - Glossary - U - Z

Finishing our glossary of musical terms


Unison - All musicians/singers play/sing the same notes at the same time.


Upbeat - Another way of saying anacrusis. It’s where the music doesn’t start on the first beat of the bar.


Variation - A version of a theme that has been changed.


Vibrato - The technique of making a note wobble…think of it more like a note that ripples. (Don’t say “wobble” in your exam)


Virtuoso - A top-class performer


Vivace - Lively tempo.


Waltz - A dance in 3/4 time.


Whole Tone Scale - A scale where the interval between each note is a tone. It has six notes.


Wind Quintet - A group made up of flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, and bassoon.


Woodwind Instruments - These are instruments that you blow into to make the sound. They are called woodwind because they use wood to make the sound (the reed). The flute is a woodwind instrument because it used to be made out of hollow wood.


Word-Painting - Music matches the words.


Xylophone - Pitched percussion instrument with wooden bars that are struck to make a sound



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