Definition and background:
On a piano, organ, harpsichord, virginal, etc., the keys are the levers which the performer depresses to activate the action, thus producing tones. On a woodwind instrument, the keys are the metal disks that close or open soundholes by means of levers operated by the performer's fingers. Keys are used for those soundholes that are uncomfortable or impossible for the performer to reach with his fingers. A specific scale or series of notes defining a particular tonality. Keys may be defined as major or minor, and are named after their tonic or keynote. Thus the series of notes with intervals defining a major tonality and based on the key of C is the key of C major. Music that is based on a major or minor scale is said to be in a key. Keys are identified by their tonic. (1) tonality, the tonal center of a composition (2) the initial component of the action chain of a keyboard, the part that is struck with the fingers (3) the levers controlling the covers for sound holes of a wind instrument
Music that is based on a major or minor scale is said to be in a key. Keys are identified by their tonic
In piston valves, a small projection from the side of the piston which runs in a groove or `keyway' on the inside of the valve casing and keeps the piston in the correct alignment
The control of a dynamics processing device by an external audio signal. Also refers to the "key" that music is in, as in the Key of C.
Select from a letter above to find a music term in the Artopium index, or enter a music term below to search the entire index using Google Search.
This is a collection of over 7,000 music terms and definitions used for music theory, composition, instruments and more; a dictionary compiled by Artopium.com as a resource for all musicians everywhere, but especially for Artopium.com member artists. Artopium is a consignment website dedicated to promoting and selling the works of independent artists, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers and authors from around the world. After looking up your music term and definition, if you have't already, please peruse the thousands of titles listed on Artopium by selecting from one of the categories above (Art, Music, Fashion, Video and Books). Or if you're an artist, sign up today for free and start selling your work immediately!
Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary