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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

H
The German BNatural. Use the heel in organ playing.

Half Cadence
The progression of tonic (I) to dominant (V) at the close of a phrase. More about cadences.

Half Diminished seventh chord
The chord comprised of a minor third, diminished fifth and minor seventh. More about chords.

Half Note, half rest
The second largest unit in modern music notation. The half note and half rest recieves half the value of a whole note

Half step
The interval from one pitch to the immediately adjacent pitch, ascending or descending, e.g. c-cSharp; e-eFlat; b-c. The smallest interval on the keyboard.

Hand Positions
Beginning students are sometimes taught to play by placing their hands in certain places and not moving them out of those postitions.
Some common ones for beginners are C, Middle C and G.

C Position

 Middle CTreble DTreble ETreble FTreble G
letter names
C
D
E
F
G
Right hand finger numbers
1
2
3
4
5
 Bass CBass DBass EBass FBass G
letter names
C
D
E
F
G
Left hand finger numbers
5
4
3
2
1



Middle C Position

 Middle CTreble DTreble ETreble FTreble G
letter names
C
D
E
F
G
Right hand finger numbers
1
2
3
4
5
 Bass FBass GBass GBass GBass G
letter names
F
G
A
B
C
Left hand finger numbers
5
4
3
2
1



G Position

 Treble GMiddle ATreble BTreble CTreble D
letter names
G
A
B
C
D
Right hand finger numbers
1
2
3
4
5
 Bass low GBass low ABass low BBass CBass D
letter names
G
A
B
C
D
Left hand finger numbers
5
4
3
2
1

Harmonic (acoustics)
Pertaining to music theory and harmony. One of the "partial tones" generated by the prime tone of fundamental.

Harmony
The sounding of two or more tones simultaneously; the vertical aspect of music.

Hemiola
The term applied to time values in the ration of 3:2, e.g. three half notes in place of two dotted half notes.

Homophony, Homophonic
Musical texture which is characterized by chordal support of a melodic line.


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Some definitions and terms excerpted from
Belwin Pocket Dictionary of Music: Music Theory Dictionary
By Dr. William Lee
Students may purchase a copy for home use at cost
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