Tremolo is a musical term with several meanings:
Some discussion of the last sense given above can be found at tremolo arm and vibrato, and a detailed discussion of the terminology used by electric guitarists and its history at vibrato unit. A tremolo arm or tremolo bar (also called a "whammy bar" or "wang bar" is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the Tailpiece of Vibrato is a musical effect produced in singing and on musical instruments by a regular pulsating change of pitch, and is used to add expression and vocal-like qualities to A vibrato unit is an Effects unit used to modify the sound of an Electric guitar by producing a regular variation in the Amplitude (volume of the sound The rest of this article is concerned with the more generally accepted meanings.
Tremolo is the rapid repetition of one note in music or a rapid alternation between two or more notes. Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time. It is sometimes called tremolando, especially when referring to a rapid repetition on a bowed string instrument, one of the most commonly seen uses of the technique. A string instrument (or stringed instrument) is a Musical instrument that produces Sound by means of Vibrating strings In the Hornbostel-Sachs Tremolo on a violin or similar instrument is sometimes combined with playing sul ponticello (bowing near the bridge of the instrument), which gives a thin and reedy effect, often perceived to be "ghostly. The violin is a bowed String instrument with four strings usually tuned in Perfect fifths It is the smallest and highest-pitched member "
Another common use of the technique on one note is in the playing of the mandolin and the balalaika. A mandolin is a musical instrument in the Lute family (plucked or strummed The balalaika (балала́йка) (also Balabaika балаба́йка - is a stringed instrument of Russian origin with a characteristic triangular body and Once a string is plucked, the note decays very rapidly, and by playing the same note many times very rapidly, the illusion of a sustained note can be created. The technique is also common in the playing of the marimba. In some parts of Africa the term "marimba" refers to the Kalimba.
Tremolo on two or more notes is most frequently seen on the piano or other keyboard instruments. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a Musical keyboard. The composer Franz Liszt often calls for the technique to be used in his piano pieces. A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance When used on the piano, tremolo can create a seemingly louder and larger sound, which can be sustained indefinitely. Historically, its use on keyboard instruments can be traced back to a time before the invention of the piano when harpsichords and similar instruments such as the spinet were standard. Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco ( May 4, 1655 - January 27, 1731) was an Italian maker of musical instruments generally regarded A harpsichord is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. A spinet is a smaller type of Harpsichord or other keyboard instrument such as a Piano or organ. These instruments could not sustain notes for nearly as long as a modern piano, and so tremolo was used to simulate a longer sustain, as well as being used as an independent effect.
Tremolo can also be achieved through the use of amplitude modulation. Amplitude modulation ( AM) is a technique used in electronic communication most commonly for transmitting information via a Radio Carrier wave This type of effect is often used by electronic instruments and takes the form of a multiplication of the sound by a waveform of lower frequency known as an LFO. The term low-frequency oscillation (LFO is an audio signal usually below 20 Hz which creates a pulsating rhythm rather than an audible tone The result is similar to the effect of rapid bowing on a violin or the rapid keying of a piano. In accordions and related instruments, tremolo by amplitude modulation is accomplished through intermodulation between two or more reeds slightly out of tune with each other. The accordion is a portable box-shaped Musical instrument of the hand-held Bellows -driven free-reed aerophone family sometimes referred to as a Squeezebox The term Squeezebox (also Squeeze box, Squeeze-box) is a Colloquial expression referring to any Musical instrument of the general class of hand-held Intermodulation or intermodulation distortion ( IMD) or intermod for short A reed is a thin strip of material which vibrates to produce a sound on a Musical instrument.
In music notation, tremolo is indicated by strokes through the stems of the notes (in the case of semibreves or whole notes, which lack stems, the bars are drawn above or below the note, where the stem would be if there were one). See also Modern musical symbols Music notation or musical notation is any system which represents aurally perceived Music through the use Generally, there are three strokes, except on quavers (eighth notes) which take two, and semiquavers (sixteenth notes) which take one:
Because this is the same notation as would be used to indicate that regular repeated demisemiquavers (thirty-second notes) should be played, the word tremolo or the abbreviation trem. , is sometimes added (particularly in slower music, when there is a real chance of confusion). Alternatively, more strokes can be used.
If the tremolo is between two or more notes, the bars are drawn between them:
In some music, a minim-based tremolo is drawn with the strokes connecting the two notes together. In Music, a half note (American or German terminology or minim (British or classical terminology is a Note played for half the duration of a