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What is Ghosting?
/ˌɑl əˈtɑ və;
ˌɑl lɔtˈtɑ vɑ/
a direction (8va), placed above or below the staff to indicate that the passage covered is to be played one octave higher or lower respectively.
literally, at the octave
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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