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I am currently studying Simandl's 30 Studies for String Bass, and on the 6th one I came upon this term:

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Since I'm not acquainted with Italian Musical Terms, I used this site to find out what Poco Meno means.

poco -> a little
meno -> less

But I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean. A little less what?

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Generally it is to do with speed/tempo. Poco= a little, meno = less, so, a teensy bit slower. Slower than marked, or slower than you played the bit before. Often followed by 'mosso'.

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"Poco meno" is ambiguous. A little less what indeed? As it's combined with "pesante" and a "f" dynamic (what was the preceding dynamic?) we can guess it's not asking for a smaller sound. Probably a little less speed. Watch the conductor and see what HE thinks it means!

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    It's a study for string bass. Conductor? – Tim Dec 14 '15 at 14:18

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