By David W. Barber
Considering 1983, A Musician's Dictionary has extremely joyful a growing to be legion of readers with its witty, wacky and satirical definitions of musicians and musical terminology. The brand-new variation, revised and improved, contains dozens of latest definitions.
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Singers, not being musicians, aren't required to be members. All others must join, the penalty being blacklisting, or preferably death. Mute: A device for muffling the sound of certain instruments notably the trumpet, trombone and violin reducing their tone from excruciating to merely annoying. Unfortunately, efforts to design mutes for certain other instruments the bagpipes and accordion spring immediately to mind have been less successful. < previous page page_45 next page > < previous page page_46 next page > Page 46 N Node: 1.
Inflection: 1. In plainchant, the term for those sections, especially at the beginning and end, more elaborate than the usual boring monotone bits. 2. A term for sharps, flats and other indications that raise or lower notes by a semi-tone or more. Not to be confused with infection, a virus prone to afflicting singers that often raises their temperature while lowering their vocal range by a semi-tone or more. Instrument: That object by which many musicians make noise and earn their livelihoods. To a certain extent, a player can improve merely by replacing an old instrument by a better one (or, strangely with violins, a new instrument by an older one).
Notes: Little black dots with stems and flags that are the peculiar language of music. The "whole" note is divided into "halves," "quarters" and so on. " Widely held to be understood by musicians (and sometimes by singers), they are, in fact, a bafflement to all but everyone is too proud to admit it. Nut: The narrow ridge across the neck of a string instrument such as the violin, situated near the pegbox. By < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 extension, then, the term has come to be applied to any person who plays such an instrument (see Bent, Heel).
A Musician's Dictionary by David W. Barber