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Thin

adjective; analogy
music to be lacking a quality in a musical chord such that the sound is weak, out of tune, non-resonant, or at an improper dynamic level. Music is difficult to describe technically. Musicians need ways to describe sound that make sense, and in context, using words like “thin” make sense. Tones in music are simply difficult to describe, and using words that have meaning otherwise generally make sense. In this case, one could think of thin being something like the weaving of a piece of cloth- if it’s too thin, you can see through it and the weave isn’t tight. Using words like this indicate to people to change the way they play their instrument slightly. Each individual plays his or her instrument differently, and will use different techniques to create a different sound. Simply saying ‘use a smaller embouchure” doesn’t work, though the actual physical way this is done is by changing the embouchure, the air speed through an instrument, etc. Individuals know via muscle memory how to create sounds, so saying “make a warm sound” makes more sense than saying “change your embouchure.”
 
This chord is too thin, can we make it a little thicker, please?
Etymology : thin. analogy.
Source : Context and source: Chuck Throckmorton, Director of Bands
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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