A dynamic effect that places an emphasis on a note or chord.
Symbols in written music to raise ( = sharpen) or lower ( = flatten) notes by semitones. A double flat (() lowers the pitch by a tone. A natural () cancels the accidental alteration.
A hollow-bodied guitar that does not require electronic amplification.
The strings' playability along the neck. Action is affected by the strings' distance from the neck, the neck straightness, and the string gauge.
Pickups that use a battery going directly to the pickup to boost the sound.
A chord or scale in which one or more of the notes is changed to a note not normally associated with that scale.
A guitar, often an acoustic, with a curved top (sound-board) and F-holes similar to a violin's.
Literally, “like a harp” — that is, playing the notes of a chord one after the other rather than together. Also known as a broken chord.
The characteristics of attack and decay of single or groups of notes. For example, “staccato” and “legato” are types of articulations.
Harmonics produced by fingering a note on the frets and lightly touching the string a fourth higher.
Not part of the tonal system of major and minor keys; in no key at all.
attack The characteristics of the beginning of a sound.
Intervals increased by a semitone are known as augmented intervals. The augmented chord is a major chord with the fifth raised a semitone. (See also