Category: Theory

Description: A diminished chord is a type of chord that contains a minor 3rd (three half steps above the root) coupled with a diminished 5th (six half steps above the root). It has a distinctive timbre: tense, dark, and unstable sounding.


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Alternate Picking Technique Picking in alternate directions (down-up-down-up).
Anticipation Improvisation "anticipation" is another melodic device in jazz... you start playing notes to fit the next chord, before the chords change
Approach Note Fretboard Knowledge A chromatic note above or below a target note
Arpeggio Fretboard Knowledge A succession of chord tones, usually played evenly low to high and back again.
Arrangement Progression/Song Form The setting of an original or standard tune for a given solo instrument or group of instruments
Articulation Phrasing Articulation is a fundamental musical parameter that determines how a single note or other discrete event is sounded. Articulations primarily structure an event's start and end, determining the length of its sound and the shape of its attack and decay. They can also modify an event's timbre, dynamics, and pitch.
Artificial Harmonics Phrasing The harmonics of a note produced on a stringed instrument by lightly touching a stopped sounded string.
Ascending Run Improvisation A melodic line that ascends in pitch as it progresses,
Atonal Modes/Scales Atonality in its broadest sense is music that lacks a tonal center, or key.
Augmented Theory Augmented chords are major triads with a sharp fifth
Augmented Fifth Theory It is one semitone wider than a perfect fifth and enharmonically equivalent to a minor sixth.
Augmented Scale Modes/Scales built from alternating halftones and minor 3rds
Automation Misc <p>A production technique used to adjust volume or panning on a single track through a song</p>
Backing track/ Jam Track Misc A backing track is an audio recording on audiotape, CD or a digital recording medium or a MIDI recording of synthesized instruments, sometimes of purely rhythmic accompaniment, often of a rhythm section or other accompaniment parts that live musicians play along with or sing along to
Ballad Genre Ballads are a form of narrative verse that can be either poetic or musical; not all ballads are songs. Many ballads tell stories, but this is not a mandatory attribute of the form. Many musical ballads are slow and emotionally evocative.
Banjo Roll Technique Hybrid picking rolling with Pick, M and A
Bar Theory A segment of written music in which there is a designated number of beats. Sometimes called a measure.
Baritone Misc An instrument that is second lowest in pitch in its family
Baroque Genre <p>A popular genre of music in the 17th and 18th century famous for the use of a harpsichord.</p>
Barre Chord Chords/Harmony From the French term barré. The technique of placing the fretting hand index finger over two to six strings in the fingering of a chord.
Basics Misc Concerning the fundamentals of a subject.
Bass Misc <p>A low pitched instrument typically used to provide a solid foundation within a song.</p>
Bass Note Theory The lowest note of a chord
Bebop Genre Bebop or bop is a style of jazz developed in the early-to-mid-1940s in the United States. The style features compositions characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes and numerous changes of key, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, the use of scales and occasional references to the melody