Ornamentation

Embellishment of Tones Add one dose of sweetener and stir gently.

Embellishments are the musical symbols instructing the performer to embellish or add to the actual written notes and instruction. Through embellishment, the performer can add more style to the music making it more appealing or enjoyable to the listener. Most composers use ornamentation or style marks as a way of expressing themselves through the music by adding emotion which is what music is all about.

Ornamentation & Style Marks

As mentioned, ornamentation can help the composer convey his intent to the performer by offering the freedom of style and emotion. Through the embellishment of tones and chords, the audience gets a more accurate sense of how the composer really feels and the true message of the song. Review the symbols of ornamentation below:

artificial harmonics for strings
natural harmonics for strings
bend string up
bend string down
grace note
mordent
inverted mordent
arpeggiate chord upward
arpeggiate chord downward
turn
tremolo
trill
octave marks – above the staff, play an octave lower
below the staff, play an octave lower
accent marks
accented pressure
accented staccato
staccato
slur, tie, or bowing sign
triplets
quintuplets
slide
glissando
glissando
crescendo
decrescendo

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