Musical Notation is a word set made up of the names of symbols and instructions that you might see while looking at sheet music. The resulting word set has more than 200 words and phrases, including both common markings and some less common ones. Eighty of these words and phrases also have graphics to illustrate them.
To create this list, I went through several hundred pages of sheet music from my library, including baroque and classical works, modern choral music, dixieland jazz, and pieces for marching band and wind ensemble. By the time I was done, I had a good collection of the most common markings, as well as some more challenging ones.
Many thanks to my beta testers for this word set: Pat Ellard, Tim Ellard, and Marcia Chithelen. They made many helpful suggestions and corrections.
In doing the research for the definitions, I found the following resources to be helpful:
- Drew Fennell’s encyclopedic listing of musical terms
- Wikipedia’s Glossary of Musical Terminology
- The New Oxford American Dictionary
- A variety of other web resources
None of these resources has all of the terms included in the Hangman Challenge Musical Notation word set, but they provide terrific reference material for anyone researching musical terms.
The Musical Notation word set is available for free as part of Hangman Challenge 1.4. Please click the following link to get Hangman Challenge from the Apple App Store.
– Michael Patrick Ellard