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What Are Dynamics in Music?

Dynamics, in music, is basically the loudness and softness of way a song is played or sung. The dynamics creates the mood of a song.

FOR VOICE: Try singing a note and gradually get louder (that is crescendo). Keep a constant airflow as you increase volume. Now continue singing the same note while gradually getting softer (that is decrescendo). Keep the airflow constant as you soften the sound.

FOR PIANO: Place your right thumb on Middle C and play C-D-E-F-G. As you play each note going up, increase the volume for each note (crescendo). Now starting with your pinky on G and go down G-F-E-D-C. As you go down, gradually get softer (decrescendo). You might have trouble with dynamics on a keyboard. Some keyboard have that capability and some do not.

What do dynamics look like in music notation? They are letters: ppp (very, very soft), pp (very soft), p (soft), mp (moderately soft), mf (moderately loud), f (loud), ff (very loud), fff (very, very loud).

JOKE FOR THE DAY:

What is a mummy’s favorite kind of music?

Rap music!


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