In every grade you will be tested on your knowledge of various musical terms, signs and symbols. No video can help you learn these – it’s just a case of taking a deep breath and learning each term one-by-one. Of course, every time you look at a piece of music see what terms and symbols are used – if you’re not sure what something is, look it up or ask a music teacher. You’ll be amazed what you can learn just by looking at a piece of music.
If an exam question asks for the meaning of a symbol don’t just give the English translation of the word. For example, if you were asked to give the meaning of the following symbol:
Don’t just give the answer as “Forte”; this is not the meaning. A perfect answer would be “loud” or “forte, which means loud”.
|All grade 1, grade 2, grade 3 and grade 4 terms as well as the following:|
|attacca||go straight on to the next section of music|
|doppio movimento||twice as fast|
|estinto||as soft as possible|
|loco||at the normal pitch|
|lusingando||in a sweet and persuasive style|
|piangevole||plaintive, in the style of a lament|
|pochettino, poch.||rather little|
|rinforzando (or rf, rfz)||reinforcing|
|segue||go straight on|
|smorzando, smorz.||dying away in tone and speed|
|mässig||at a moderate speed|