I have been trying to help some musician friends who speak very little English. I am having a very difficult time trying to find a listing of musical terms and/or music theory in Spanish. Since music is a language all its own, even most of my Spanish speaking friends who are non-musicians are not familiar with most of the words I need to use. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Where is the best place for learning musical terms in Spanish?
Here are a few:
Barra--bar, Compás--measure, Tono--tone, Pausa--rest, Cuarteto--cuartet, Breve--breve, Copla--couplet, Chromático--chromatic, Acorde--chord, Escala--scale, Mayor--major, Menor--minor, dominante--dominant, cuerda--string, instrumentos de cuerda--string instruments, Armonía--harmony/harmonics, Adaptación/Arreglo--arrangement, Tríada--triad, instrumento de percusión--percussion instrument, Tocar la guitarra--play the guitar, octavo--octave, diatónico--diatonic, suavizar el tono (de)--tune down,entonación--intonation, armónico--overtone, obertura--overture, inversión--inversion, pentatónico--pentatonic.
If you notice, most of these words are cognates. This is because Spanish/English/Italian (i.e. Western) music tradition shares common roots with English music tradition. Most words used to describe musical concepts, moreover, have heavy Latin roots.
I hope that some of these words helped. My musical background, however, is limited mostly to the guitar and drums; however, if you are looking for a specific word/phrase that is not on this list then let me know and I will see if I can come up with it for you.
Here is a link to a site where you may find more information on music theory (in spanish) than you may ever want to know about (the site also has an english version for comparison):
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