The terms in this node come from the western musical tradition. Any term that has a shortened musical notation is in parentheses next to said term.

General Terms

Modes of Dynamics

Two other terms related to dynamics are decrescendo (>) and crescendo (<). A decrescendo is placed to signify when the music should get gradually softer. A crescendo is the exact opposite. Usually two of the aforementioned terms appear with one of them.

For Example: p < ff

Families of Musical Instruments

Other nodes vivid pointed out to me

Note: I'll add to this later with time and try to fill in any of the hardlinks I've created that don't have nodes. /msg me or add your own, as you can tell this is far from complete.