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The Italian musical term andantino is an indication to play in a relaxed, moderate tempo; slightly faster than andante.

  • Andantino is sometimes defined as slightly slower than andante, in which case its BPM is between 64-72.

Also Known As:

Pronunciation: ahn'-dahn-TEE-noh

Musical Symbols:

More Musical Terms:

Beginner Piano Lessons
• Memorize the Notes of the Grand Staff
• Left Hand Piano Fingering
• How to Play Dotted Notes
• Musical Quizzes!

Piano Chords With Fingering
• Chord Types & Their Abbreviations
• Easy Bass Piano Chords
• Piano Chord Fingering
• Diminished Chords & "Dissonance"

Musical Glossaries
• Italian Musical Glossary
• Beginner Piano Glossary
• German Music Terms
• Musical Terms A – Z

Piano Terms & Musical Symbols
• Reading Musical Rests & Pauses
• Accidentals & Double-Accidentals
• Note Accents & Articulation Marks
• Mastering Segno & Coda Repeats

Piano Care
• Safely Whiten Piano Keys
• When to Tune a Piano
• 6 Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
• Ideal Temperature & Humidity Levels for Piano Rooms

Tempo Commands:
 ▪ largo
 ▪ rhythm dot
 ▪ (accel.) accelerando
 ▪ vivace
 ▪ tempo giusto

Musical Articulation:
 ▪ staccato
 ▪ tie
 ▪ (rfz) rinforzando
 ▪ arpeggiato
 ▪ accentato

Volume & Dynamics:
 ▪ (mf) mezzo forte
 ▪ (sfz) sforzando
 ▪ diminuendo
 ▪ al niente
 ▪ (fp) fortepiano

French Musical Glossary:
 ▪ en ralentissant
 ▪ indication de mouvement
 ▪ à l’aise
 ▪ mi-doux
 ▪ retenu

Essential Beginner Terms:
 ▪ (BPM) beats per minute
 ▪ whole step
 ▪ ledger line
 ▪ interval
 ▪ broken chord

Related Musical Glossaries

■ Music Articulation Terms
■ Italian Musical Terms
■ Volume & Dynamics Terms
■ French Musical Terms
■ Tempo Commands
■ German Musical Terms


Sheet Music Lessons

▪ Staff & Barlines

A musical staff is built with five horizontal lines (upon which music notes are placed) and is separated and organized rhythmically using vertical “barlines” and double barlines. Learn how to understand how musical staves are read and contructed:



▪ Memorize the Notes of the Grand Staff

Because the piano has so many notes, its sheet music uses a two-part staff – or “grand staff” – consisting of the treble and bass staves. These staves are read slightly differently from one another, but both follow the same note pattern. Learn these notes, and memorize them with helpful mnemonic devices:

▪ Piano Chords

Learn the basics of chords – how to build common chords, identify them, break them down into intervals, and form them on the piano using essential keyboard fingering techniques:

▪ Rhythm Dots

A dot placed next to a note is called a rhythm dot, and increases a note’s duration. Dotted notes may seem confusing at first, but they are easily explained. You should however have an understanding of note lengths in order to to make sense of them easily:

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