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Hi I am wondering what the correct term is for play a sequence of notes where you leave all the notes ringing together. I'm not talking about rolled chords, I'm talking about having a larger amount of time between the attacked notes than that.

  • What instrument do you play? – user1044 Jun 28 '15 at 5:30
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You can use English: let vibrate Or Italian: l.v. lasciar vibrare

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    For guitar music i see "Let ring" a lot. – Todd Wilcox Jun 27 '15 at 19:06
  • Can also be notated with short ties to empty, open space, with a specific duration of time (e.g. 4 seconds), and / or if the instrument has a pedal (piano, vibraphone, tubular chimes) a pedal indication may also be used. – jjmusicnotes Jun 27 '15 at 19:29
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Uhm, arpeggio? "Leave all the notes ringing together" (the effect depending on the sustain of the respective instrument, so one pretty much needs a percussive instrument) is rather the definition of arpeggio. Otherwise you have something else, like a broken chord.

You cannot arpeggiate on a monophonic instrument (like voice or most wind instruments).

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    "You cannot arpeggiate on a monophonic instrument (like voice or most wind instruments)." You can if you are performing in an average English cathedral. The reverberation time in St Paul's in London is about 9 seconds. – user19146 Jun 27 '15 at 22:12
  • From my internet research, broken chords refer to any scenario where a chord is played when the notes are not attacked simultaneously, this encompasses arpeggios and rolled chords among other types of broken chords, but I saw no mention of what I'm looking for. – Lost Crotchet Jun 28 '15 at 10:34
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From the perspective of piano, a measure that has a clear arpeggiation may or may not have an indication to use the pedal, which would pretty much leave every note to ring until it was released. Not pedaling would, in turn, have a more staccato effect. In my experience, it's either called "pedalling," which is fairly straightforward, but which only relates to piano.

The better series of terms to differentiate how notes are sounded (across any instrument) would be 1. staccato, 2. marcato, and 3. legato, for 1. short, 2. "normal," and 3. "flowing into one another," respectively. To my knowledge there is no specific term when an arpeggio or any other named phrase is called to be one of these three, so I'd merely put what you're talking about at "an arpeggio played legato."

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