half step

half step | intervals
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2015

Definition:

A half step is the smallest interval in Western musical scales: D sharp is one half-step higher than D; D flat is one half-step lower than D.
  • There are two half steps in one whole step.
  • Also known as a semitone or minor 2nd.

Also Known As:




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■ Staff & Barlines
■ The Grand Staff
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■ Time Signatures

■ Note Lengths
■ Dotted Notes
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■ Tempo Commands

■ Accidentals
■ Articulation
■ Dynamics & Volume
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■ Repeat Signs
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■ Pedal Marks
■ Piano Chords

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Beginner Piano Lessons
 ▪   Notes of the Piano Keys
 ▪   The Point Of Double-Sharps
 ▪   Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪   Essential Piano Fingering
 ▪   Comparing Major & Minor Chords

Getting Started on Keyboards
 ▪  Finding the Right Piano Teacher
 ▪   Sitting Correctly at the Keys
 ▪   Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪   How to Buy a Used Piano
 ▪  Musical Keyboard Comparison Guide

Piano Chords
 ▪   Chord Types & Symbols in Sheet Music
 ▪   Root Notes & Chord Inversion
 ▪   Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 ▪   Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Different Types of Arpeggiated Chords

Piano Care
 ▪   Everyday Piano Care
 ▪   Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
 ▪   When to Tune a Piano
 ▪  Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
 ▪   Piano Room Temps & Humidity Levels

Piano Recitals & Performing
 ▪   What to Eat & Drink Before a Performance
 ▪   Concert Etiquette for the Audience
 ▪   Warming Up for a Piano Performance
 ▪  Minimizing Stage Fright
 ▪   Overcoming Mistakes On Stage

♫ Musical Quizzes!
 ●  Identify the Piano Keys
 ●  Key Signature Quiz
 ●  Note Length & Rest Quiz (U.S. or U.K. English)
 ●  Grand Staff Notes Quiz
 ● Tempo Command & BPM Quiz
 ●  Time Signature & Rhythm Quiz
 ● Volume Commands & Dynamics Symbols


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

Volume Commands & Symbols:
 ◦  (mf) mezzo forte
 ◦  (sfz) sforzando
 ◦  diminuendo
 ◦  al niente
 ◦  (fp) fortepiano

Common French Musical Terms:
 ◦  à l’aise
 ◦  doucement
 ◦ en ralentissant
 ◦  mi-doux
 ◦ très vite

German Musical Commands:
 ◦  anschwellend
 ◦ lebhaft
 ◦  geschwind
 ◦ fröhlich
 ◦  schnell


Illustrated Piano Chords:
AbmajAbma7Abma9  |  AbminAbm7Abm9  |  AbdimAb°7  |  AbaugAb+7  |  Absus2Absus4