Wish you could have a list of all the musical symbols and terms you should know when sight-reading at the piano? This article is exactly that. You’ll find the most common musical symbols and terms.
Here are musical symbols and terms you should know when sight-reading at the piano. It’s not a comprehensive list but it includes the most common symbols and terms.
Music symbols related to articulation
Musical symbols related to pitch
Musical terms related to speed
|Largo||Slow and broad|
|Andante||At a walking pace|
|Rallentando or rall.||Gradually slower|
|Ritardando or rit.||Held back, gradually slower|
|Ritenuto or rit./riten.||Held back, immediately slower|
|Accelerando or accel.||Gradually accelerate|
|A tempo||Back to the original tempo|
Musical terms and symbols related to expression
Other Common Musical Symbols
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