The List of Musical Symbols and Terms


– I have a question for you. Do you know what this is? How about these? Do you know what these are? What about all the little
symbols all over your music? Well today I’m gonna give
you a really useful resource that I use all the time to figure out what in the heck all this stuff means. Okay so what we’re talking
about exactly today is the list of musical
symbols which you can find by going to Google and just typing in list of musical symbols. It’s actually a page here on Wikipedia. I find it to be very accurate. I’ve never found anything
on this page in particular that’s been you know
incorrect, but you never know. So take a look here. So the great thing about
this is it has a lot of, first of all, lists all of
the symbols by their name. So if you know the name
of a symbol already and you need to do like a reverse look up, that works out great. But what if you just see, you know we had f and p here in the intro. Let me find it again in
the pathetique sinota. You know, so let’s do this. Let us find this fp symbol in
the list of musical symbols and see if we can figure
out exactly what that means. And it’s a little bit
unusual normally we see the p by itself, piano, or f by itself but never right after one another or at least not often. Okay so you just got
to keep scrolling here. You know what, actually here
we are, we’re getting close. I can feel it. Here it goes, Forte-piano. A section of music in which
the music should be played initially be played loudly
and then immediately softly. So in that particular piece,
you’re hitting a cord. (somber piano music) And then you are playing the
next notes very, very soft. Okay let’s look up some more. Okay what about this symbol right here? This dot rainbow looking
thing right there. The dot with the arching line over it. What in the world does that mean? Well you know you take a look here, I happen to know what that is. But oh and there you go right
away we pretty much found it, the Fermata, and that’s a
pause so you’re gonna hold that note for longer than its value. But as you can see it has
pretty much any kind of, any kind of symbol that you
might be articulation rather that you’re looking to play
whether it’s an upper mordent, lower mordent, turn, appoggiatura,
I’m not even gonna try to pronounce that one, I never could. Quindicesima, all that stuff, tremolo. So anything you’re gonna find
in your music you can find right here, you just you might
have to scroll down a little bit to see exactly what
it’s talking about. But I know for, you know I
know how confusing it can be. With all of these symbols
in our music all the time and just having no way to figure it out. So I wanted to share that
with you because I know that you’re gonna find it useful. Which is what this channel and
these videos are all about. Giving you the tools to succeed at piano. I want to talk about another
thing that’s related to this, which is the list of musical terms. Okay the glossary of music terminology which is also on Wikipedia. You can just find it by typing in list of musical terms into Google. You click on that article
there and a lot of times we’re gonna have these very fancy, usually Italian words telling us what to play, how to
play it, and so forth. So how about we take a look
at our piece and figure out you know what something means here. How about this word here grave or grave. I think that’s how you
pronounce it anyway. So you go here lists let see, check out g. I didn’t check this out ahead of time so hopefully this word is here. There you go, grave, slowly
and seriously or grave. You know it makes sense for its terms. And not all of them are
very you know, very obvious. For instance, this one we might have to look up a bunch of stuff. Attacca subito il allegro,
well I know allegro means fast. Let’s look up subito, I kind of know, but I’m gonna look that up as well. But we’re gonna look up
attacca and I really apologize if I’m butchering these. You know I do not know how
the proper pronunciation of all this stuff. So let’s go here. You know what, I can
probably do a ctrl + F. And here you go, so attacca means attack. Well hey, who would have guessed right. At the end of the movement, a direction to attach the next movement. Okay, so you’re going straight on, I see. So it’s usually at the end of a movement in which this one not really is but it is the end of a
section within a movement. So I guess that counts. So there you go, what about subito? Well you got to ctrl + F here. Let’s see, well that’s not it. Here we go suddenly, so suddenly
you’re going to like attack or suddenly move on
quickly to the next page. I think I’m reading that right. After that, after the fermata there. So we figured that out pretty much. Now obviously when you figure
these out, you probably, especially the first few times. You’re getting use to anything. You want to write it
in, know what it means. Just so you know, you get it in your mind. Allegro which is fast, molto con brio, which is briskness I think. Well let’s look up brio. You know obviously you’ll have to look up every word that you don’t know but. Let’s take up, so
vigour, okay with spirit. Okay quickly with spirit,
molto, let’s do molto. Very. (laughs) Okay so fast with a lot of quickness. What about C-R-E-S-C, you
should probably know what that it is, but you know just
kind of taking a look here. C-R-E-S-C it does mean crescendo but it’s not listed here pretty much. Which is weird because under decrescendo they list
the abbreviation, but. Anyway if you looked it up, you could probably figure that out. That adds actually also in the list of musical symbols that
we looked at a minute ago. If you like what you see over
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