Mammoth Memory

Music Vocabulary Test Yourself

Here's a really quick way of testing if you've learned the meanings of the key words in this section. Look at the key word on the card and see if you can remember its definition.

If you get stuck, you can be shown the mnemonic to reveal an image that should help you remember.

To check if you're right, or remind you if you've forgotten, press the card to flip it.

Go through the whole list to see how many definitions you can recall. Revisit any that you had difficulty remembering until you're confident you can recall all of them.

Gradually getting faster.
Accelerando
Mnemonic
Very slow.
Adagio
Mnemonic
Fairly quickly.
Allegretto
Mnemonic
Quick.
Allegro
Mnemonic
At a medium ("walking") speed.
Andante
Mnemonic
In a singing style.
Cantabile
Mnemonic
Gradually getting louder.
Crescendo
Mnemonic
Repeating from the beginning.
Da Capo (or D.C.)
Mnemonic
Repeat from the sign.
Dal Segno (or D.S.)
Mnemonic
Gradually getting quieter.
Decrescendo
Mnemonic
Gradually getting quieter and slowing down.
Diminuendo
Mnemonic
The end.
Fine
Mnemonic
Loud.
Forte
Mnemonic
Very loud.
Fortissimo
Mnemonic
Smoothly.
Legato
Mnemonic
Slow.
Lento
Mnemonic
Half.
Mezzo
Mnemonic

Literally "half" loud; moderately loud.
Mezzo Forte (mf.)
Mnemonic
Literally "half" quiet, moderately quiet.
Mezzo Piano (MP)
Mnemonic
At a moderate pace.
Moderato
Mnemonic
Quietly.
Piano (P.)
Mnemonic
Very quiet.
Pianissimo (PP.)
Mnemonic
A little.
Poco
Mnemonic
Gradually getting slower.
Rallentando (or rallo)
Mnemonic
Gradually getting slower.
Ritardando (or ritard. or rit.)
Mnemonic
An immediate, or sudden, reduction in speed or tempo.
Ritenuto (riten. or rit.)
Mnemonic
Each note detached or separated from each other.
Staccato (or stacc.)
Mnemonic
Speed, time.
Tempo
Mnemonic
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