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Glossary for working musicians and sound techs.

This is also available in printable format as Google Documents at English - Spanish and Espanol - Ingles .This is a work in progress! If you would like to contribute or have any additions or corrections please email me at steve@steveyork.com and I will email you a link to the Google Document in editable format.

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Some of these terms and words are slang or idiomatic. The use of some words may be local to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

English - Spanish                                                            

accent = acento m.

accidental = alteración f.

amplifier = amplificador m.

bar  = compas m

bar line = barra, linea divisoria

bass drum = bombo m. tambora f.

beat = tiempo m.

board / desk = consola f., mezclador m.

body (guitar) = cuerpo m. caja f.

boom ( stand) – jirafa

brass = metales m.

bridge ( song or guitar) = puente m.

channel = canal m.

chart = partitura f., papele m.

chord = acorde m.

chorus = ( choir or song) = coro m.

cover band = grupo versátil m., grupo de versions m.

crossed (clave) = cruzado / a

crossover = red de cruce f.

crosstalk = diafonia f.

cut (level) = v. atenuar , n. atenuación f.

cymbal = platillo m.

dep (UK) = suplido (m noun), suplir (verb)

disc jockey = pincha discos

drum head = parche de tambor

drum stick = baqueta f.

effect = efecto m.

eighth note = corchea f.

electricity = luz f., electricidad f.

equalizer = ecualizador m.

feedback = acople(s) m, realimentación f., chillida f.

fingering = digitacion f.

flat (eq) = plano

flat = bemol

flightcase = caja de transporte f.

FOH / front of house = sistema principal f.

fret = traste m

fretless = sin trastes

gain = ganancia f.

gig = tocada f., actuación f., hueso m. ( huesito = little gig)

half note = blanca f.

head (amp or tape) = cabezal

head ( guitar) = clavijero m

hiss = soplido m.

horns = metales m.

impedance = impedancia f.in tune = afinado, a tono.

jack plug = plug m.

jack socket = jack de salida m.

jam, jam session = palomazo m.n. descargar v.,  descarga f.n.

jobber = huesero/a

key (instrument) = tecla f.

key = tono m, tonalidad f.

key signature = armadura de la clave f.

keyboard = teclador

keyboardist = teclista , tecladista

kick drum = bombo

lyrics = letra f.

major = mayor

meter (electronic) = indicador m.

mic = micro m.

middle C = do central / do medio

minor = menor

mixing board / desk = consola f, mezclador, mesa f.

mode = modo f.

modulate = modular

monitor = monitor ( de scenario)

music stand = atril m.

mute = v. mutear  n.enmudecimiento

natural sign = becuadro m.

neck = cuello m.

neodymium – neodimo

note = nota f.

nut ( guitar) = cejuela f.

ohm = ohmio m.

out of tune = desafinado

passing tone = nota de paso f.

perfect pitch = oido absoluto

pick (plectrum) = pua f.

pickguard = golpeador m.

pickup = pastilla f.

piezo pickup = captador piezoelectronico m.

power = potencia f.

power (electricity) = luz f., electricidad f.

powered (speakers) = auto amplificado

private gig = evento m.

quarter note = negra f.

rehearsal = ensayo m.

repeat = n. repetición f.

rest = silencio m.

scale = escala f.

screen = pantalla f.

sharp – sostenido m.

sheet music = partitura, papeles

sixteenth note = semicorchea

snake = culebra f.

snare drum = caja f.

soundcheck = prueba de sonido

soundman = sonidista

speaker = bocina f.

staff = pentagrama

stage =  escena , plataforma,

string (section) = cuerdas, arcos

string = cuerda f.

sub (US) = suplencia (m noun), suplir (verb)

tambourine = pandereta

thirty second note = fusa f.

time signature = indicacion de compas f.

track = pista f.

transpose = transportar

tuner = afinador m.

union scale = del sindicato, tarifa sindical

verse = estofa f.

watt = vatio m.

whole note = redonda f.

woodwind = maderas        

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Espanol - Ingles

a tono = in tune

acento m. = accent

acople, acoples m = feedback

acorde m = chord

actuación f = gig

afinado = in tune

afinador m = tuner

alteración f = accidental

amplificador m = amplifier

arcos f = string section

armadura de la clave f = key signature

atenuar v ; atenuacion n = cut  (level)

atril m = music stand

auto amplificado = powered (speakers)

baqueta  f = drum stick

barra f. = bar line

becuadro m = natural sign

bemol = flat ( music )

blanca f = half note

bocina f = speaker

bombo m = bass drum, kick drum

cabezal = head ( amp or tape)

caja de transporte f = flightcase

caja f ( guitarra) = body

caja f = snare drum

canal m = channel

captador piezoelectronico m = piezo pickup

cejuela f = nut (guitar)

chillida f = feedback

clavijero m = head (guitar)

compas m = bar

consola f = mixer, console, board, desk

corchea f =  eighth note, quaver

coro m = chorus (choir or song)

cruzado / a = crossed (clave)

cuello m = neck

cuerda  f = string

cuerdas f = string section

cuerpo m (guitarra) = body

culebra f = snake

del sindicato = union scale

desafinado = out of tune

descarga f = jam n

descargar v  = to jam v

diafonia f = crosstalk

digitacion f = fingering

do central m = middle C

ecualizador m = equalizer

efecto m = effect

electricidad f = electricity

enmudecimiento m = mute n

ensayo m = rehearsal

escala f = scale

escena f = stage

estofa f = verse

evento m = private gig, event, function

fusa f = thirty second note

ganancia f = gain, volumen

golpeador m = pick guard

grupo de versiones m = cover band

grupo versatil m = cover band

huesero m = jobber

huesito m = little gig

hueso m = gig

impedancia f = impedance

indicacion de compass f = time signature

indicador m = meter (electronic)

jack de salida m = jack socket or jack input

jirafa f = boom (stand)

letra f = lyrics

linea divisoria f = bar line

luz f = electricity , light

maderas f = woodwinds

mayor = major

menor = minor

mesa f  = mixing board/desk

metales m = horns, brass

mezclador m = mixer, soundman

mezclador m = mixing board/desk

micro m = mic, microphone

modo f = mode

modular v = modulate

monitor ( de scenario) m = (stage ) monitor

mutear v =  mute v

negra f = quarter note

neodimo = neodymium

nota de paso f = passing tone /note

nota f = note

ohmio m = ohm

oido absoluto = perfect pitch

palomazo = jam session

pandereta f = tambourine

pantalla f = screen

papeles m = chart, sheet music

parche de tambor m = drum head

partitura f = chart, sheet music

pastilla f = pickup ( guitar etc)

pentagrama m = staff

pincha discos = disc jockey, DJ

pista f = track

plano = flat ( eq )

plataforma f = stage

platillo m = cymbal

plug m = jack plug

potencia f = power

probar de sonido v = soundcheck v

prueba de sonido f n = soundcheck n

pua f = pick, plectrum

puente m = bridge ( song or guitar)

realimentación f = feedback

red de cruce f = crossover

redonda f = whole note

repeticion f = repeat n

semicorchea f = sixteenth note

silencio m = rest

sin trastes = fretless

sistema principal f = FOH , front of house

sonidista = soundman (woman)

soplido m = hiss

sostenido m = sharp`

suplencia = sub (US), dep (UK)

tambora f = bass drum, kick drum

tarifa sindical f = union scale

tecla f = key ( on keyboard, piano key)

teclador = keyboard

teclista, tecladista = keyboardist

tiempo m = beat

tocada f = gig

tonalidad f = key ( music)

tono m = key (music)

transportar v = transpose

traste m = fret

vatio m = watt