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Ornamentation

Notes or effects that are not part of a Melody but serve to decorate it. Common ornaments are:

  • Trill - rapid alternation between a note and the one above (or below)
  • Turn - the note above, the note itself, the note below and the note itself again
  • Glissando - a slide from one note to another
  • Tremolo - another name for Trill, but also rapid repetition of one note (think Mandolin) or a rapid variation in amplitude of a note (think Shadows)
  • Triplet - a single trill of three notes.