Glossary Of Musical Terminology

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There are currently 14 names in this directory beginning with the letter F.
Fine
End of song.

Flat
A symbol indicating that the note is to be diminished by one semitone. For example, if we have the note D and we add a flat to it the note now becomes D-flat or D♭.

Form
Musical term referring to the shape and structure of a piece of music.

Fifth
An interval of a distance of 5 notes between two notes.

Forte
A symbol indicating to play loud or strong.

Fugue
A composition written for three to six voices. Beginning with the exposition, each voice enters at different times, creating counterpoint with one another.

Finale
The last musical number that concludes the end of a musical composition.

Forced
Singing that is forced may sound strained, and is accompanied by unnecessary tension in the throat.

Fourth
An interval of a distance of 4 notes between two notes.

Fermata
A symbol that tells the performer to hold a tone or rest for as long as they like, beyond the written note value. It is usually referred to as a pause.

Falsetto
It means False Singing. In male singers, a high register (actually, sung in the female range) similar to the head voice. It has a Minnie Mouse Sound about it. However, unlike the head voice, falsetto cannot blend with the chest voice. Female’s can also sing in a falsetto range.

Fortepiano
Loud then immediately soft.

Fortissimo
Very loud.

Full Voice
As loud as a person can sing without creating imbalance between airflow and vocal cord tension. Also refers to a tone that has a balanced resonance quality.


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