The 5 Musical Terms of the Day


Major - The designation for certain intervals and scales. A key based on a major scale is called a major key. The pattern for the major scale is:

whole     whole     half     whole     whole     whole     half
step       step       step     step       step       step      step

Natural - A musical symbol which cancels a previous sharp or flat. 

Open fifth - A triad without a third.

Pausa - A rest. 

Quasi - Almost. Used with other terms, e.g. quasi madrigal, almost or as if a madrigal.

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