Musical Daffynitions
By San Francisco trumpeter Al Molina
p -- piano
the neighbors have complained
f -- forte
the neighbors are out
ff -- fortissimo
forget the neighbors
pp -- pianissimo
the neighbors and the police are at the door
Obbligato
being forced to practice
Rit/Rall
coming to the part you haven't practiced
Con Moto
yeah baby, I have a car
Allegro
It's a little car
Metronome
short, urban musician who can fit into a Honda Civic
Lento
the days leading up to Easter
Piu Animato
clean out the cat's little box or it goes
Interval
time to meet the other players at the club
Perfect Interval
when the dinner is on the house
Chords
things organists play with one finger
Discords
things that organists play with two fingers
Subdominate
"I can't play unless I've asked my wife."
Syncopation
condition brought on by an overdose of jazz
Quaver
the feeling brought on when you haven't practiced
Key Signatures
silly things put in music to frighten you (ignore and they will go away along with your audience)
Colla Voce
this shirt is so tight I can't sing
Professional
anyone who can't hold down a steady job
Flats
English apartments
A tempo de cafe
Ah, coffee time!
Improvisation
what you do when the music falls down
Fugue
clever stuff
Prelude
warm-up before the clever stuff
Acciaccatura/appoggiatura
insects
Virtuoso
a person who can work wonders with easy-play music
Melody
an ancient now-extinct art in song writing
Music
happiness

 

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