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Tiếng Anh liên quan tới âm nhạc – Music related terms

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People working in music

  • A bassist – Someone who plays bass guitar.
  • A guitarist – Someone who plays a guitar.
  • A lead singer – The main singer in the band.
  • A drummer – The person who plays percussion and the drums.
  • A programmer – Someone who creates music by mixing different bits or samples of others.
  • A singer songwriter – Someone who writes and sings their own songs, eg Paul McCartney.
  • A boy band – A group of young men brought together by a record company.

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Types of music

  • Trance – DJ Quicksilver, Nomad, etc.
  • Ambient – Tangerine Dream to Brian Eno, Aphex Twin to Penguin Cafe Orchestra, etc.
  • Disco – Modern Talking, Steps, etc.
  • Techno – David Holmes, Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, etc.
  • Heavy metal – Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, etc.
  • Indie [abbrev. Independent ie not mainstream]- Coldplay, Muse, Stereophonics, etc.
  • Dance – Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Leftfield, etc.
  • Drum and bass – Roni Size, Grooverider, etc.
  • Jungle – Goldie, Digital, Photek, etc.
  • Hip hop – Grandmaster Flash, Wu Tang Clan, Dr Dre, Eminem, etc.
  • UK Garage – Truesteppers, Artful Dodger, Wookie, etc.
  • Britpop – mid 90s British pop / rock – Blur, Pulp, Oasis, Suede, Elastica, etc.

In the studio

  • In the studio William Orbit mixed some of the tracks on Madonna’s last CD. – He worked on the sound and arranged the music.
  • Chinn and Chapman produced a lot of the famous bands from the 1970s. – They decided on the songs and the sound of the bands so the music had a distinctive sound.
  • Most bands record many demo versions of their music. – Recordings of songs before their final production.

Making the music

  • They got a really good deal with Warner Brothers. – They’ve been signed up by a major record company.
  • She did vocals on Radiohead’s latest release. -She sang on Radiohead’s last CD.
  • The concert’s been sold out for weeks. – All the tickets were sold weeks ago.
  • They were headlining at Glastonbury. – They were the main band at Glastonbury [a festival often held on a farm in the south west of England].
  • Paul McCartney is a great singer-songwriter -He writes his own songs and performs them.
  • Maria Callas was a famous soprano. One of her greatest performances was as Violetta. She was accompanied by the famous tenor Arrigo Pola – These are terms often used in the description of operatic performers.
  • The orchestra at the Royal Opera House was conducted by Bernard Heitink. – The conductor is the person who leads the orchestra.

Musical ability

  • I can play the trumpet but I’m not very good at the piano. My brother can’t play anything! -These are examples of using play to describe what instruments you can use.
  • I wish Jemima wouldn’t sing – she’s tone deaf! -Jemima is someone who can’t sing in tune or recognise different tunes.
  • I’ve been able to sightread since I was six. – I can play music the first time I see it on a page.
  • She was born to sing. – She is very talented at singing.

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