Learning to play piano involves learning to read sheet music. As pianists are expected to understand the lingo, here are some key terms.
Allegro. An indication that the musical passage needs to be played at a higher tempo.
Largo. This indicates that the passage needs to be played very slowly.
Chord. Indicates a minimum of three tones, which are to be played together.
Phrase. This denotes a small portion of the music, often relating to a specific thought or idea. Think of it like a sentence within a larger paragraph.
Crescendo. The piece gradually gets louder as it is played, often building to a final climax.