(mp) mezzo piano

Mezzo piano abbreviated mp in sheet music.
Mezzo piano is abbreviated mp in sheet music. Image © Brandy Kraemer

Definition of Mezzo Piano:

The Italian musical command mezzo piano (or mp) literally means “half soft,” and is an indication to play somewhat softly; slightly louder than (p) piano.

See (mf) mezzo forte.
 

 

Also Known As:

  • mi-doux; assez doux (Fr)
  • halbleise; mittelleise (Ger)

 

Pronunciation: met'so  piano

Alternate Spellings: mezzopiano; mezzo-piano


 

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More Musical Symbols & Commands:

Grand StaffKey SignaturesTime SignaturesTempo & Speed
Music NotesMusic RestsSharps & FlatsDotted Notes
Repeat SignsNote AccentsVolume Symbols

Note Ornaments

 

How to Read Sheet Music:


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See the notes on the treble and bass staves, as well as their ledger lines, and learn mnemonic devices to help you remember them.

 ● 
Key signatures take some time to memorize. Whether you want to identify one or learn how to write one on the staff, this interactive and quick key signature finder will help.

 ● Tempo Commands Organized By Speed
Resource for the most common tempo terms in Italian, French, and German, organized by their BPM (beats per minute).

 ● How to Read Piano Fingering
Little numbers are sometimes written next to the notes on the staff to help you sort out which fingers you should use on which keys. Fingering is frequently found in beginner notation, but is also seen alongside difficult passages in more advanced sheet music.



 ● Chord Types & Their Symbols
See the various symbols that specify certain chords in notation, and learn how to form them using simple formulas.
 


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 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Left Hand Piano Fingering
 ▪  How to Count Triplets
 ▪  Musical Quizzes & Tests

Getting Started on Keyboard Instruments
 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Sit at the Piano
 ▪  Buying a Used Piano

Forming Piano Chords
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Left Hand Chords With Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 ▪  Different Types of Arpeggiated Chords

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 ▪  How to Clean Your Piano
 ▪  Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
 ▪  Signs of Piano Damage
 ▪  When To Tune Your Piano