Thursday, August 03, 2006

Voice Of America

Angela Scott :

What is a turn in music

Catherine Black :

Do you mean a turnaround? If so, then they're generally played during the last two measures of the 12-bar blues progression. I can't really explain how to play a turnaround in text but there are many sites that will explain turnarounds in detail.

Cady Huffman :

put on.

Emeline Becuwe :

Are you asking about an embellishment in the music like when you are playing on the piano?

Christine Arnou :

a turn is a musical term in which you basically play the note above, the note written and the note below what is written as an embellishment to the passage of music. It is typically indicated by a "S" lying on it's side over the staff of music. An inverted turn (the note below the one indicated, the note itself, the note above it, and the note itself again) is usually indicated by putting a short vertical line through the normal turn sign, though sometimes the sign itself is turned upside down. If the turn symbol is placed directly above a note, it is performed exactly as outlined above. If it is placed between two notes, however, the note before the symbol is played, then the turn, and then the following note. So the turns could be written as a

Cherry Gillespie :

C D E (all as quarter notes)

Fantasia :

But then played as

Brinke Stevens :

C edcd E (with the C a quarter note, the edcd as sixteenth notes and the E as a quarter note)

Giocanda :

The lower added note may or may not be chromatically raised.

Julia Brendler :

The exact speed at which the notes of a turn are played can vary, as can its rhythm. The question of how a turn is best executed is largely one of context, convention and taste.

Crystal Celeste Grant :

Hope that helps!!!

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