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1-2 Sound

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Music is all about sound. We are surrounded by many different styles and types of music every day. Even though these styles may be as different as classical and rock, they all share some common fundamental building blocks. These basic elements are used to create all the sounds that we hear.


Pitch is a sound made up of steady vibrations. Any note you sing, play on a piano, or play on any other instrument is a pitch.

Duration is the length of time that a tone sounds.

Volume refers to the softness or loudness of sound.

Timbre is the nature or color of the sound—those aspects of sound that can distinguish one voice from another, or one instrument from another. A guitar has a different sound than a piano, and a flute tone is very different from that of a tuba.