Music Dictionary

Find the meaning of some of the most commonly used words/slangs in the Music World. Click on a term to read the definitions and explanations.

Amp
Arpeggio
Axe
Back-beat
Barre Chord or Bar Chord
Bleeding, Bleed, or Bleed-Through
BPM
Break
Bridge
Call and Response
Capo
Chord
Chorus
Chromatic Scale
Combo
Cover or Cover Tune
Crescendo
Downtuned or detuned
Dragging
Drop
Feedback
Fiddle
Fill
Gig
Groupie
Harmony Vocals or Harmony Parts
Head
Hook
Interval
Intro
Jam or Jam Session
Jazz Standard or Standard
Keyboardist
Lead (pronounced “leed”)
Line in
Line out
Measure/Bar
Metronome
MIDI
Monitor
Natural Harmonic
Note-For-Note Solo
Octave
Octave Pedal
Open Chord
Pedal
Power Chord
Producer
Quarter Tone
Quarter Note
Register
Riff
Reverb
Roadie
Rolled chord
Rushing
Sample or Sampling
Semitone
Session Musician, Session Player, or Session Man
Seventh Chord
Sharp
Shred
Slapping of Slap Bass
Standard Tuning
Stompbox
Stratocaster (Strat)
Syncopering
Tablature (Tabs)
Tempo
Transposition (Transpose)
Virtuoso
Woodshed