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A musical indication that two or more notes should be played smoothly and connected-- i.e. no intervening silence between notes.

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Should slurs encompass tied notes from before and/or after?

What are the rules when it comes to how a slur handles tied notes set at the start or end of the legato passage? I think it looks nicer when the tied notes are included in the slur, but I don’t know ...
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How can I get my left hand to sound legato when I'm leaping?

Now, this Nocturne in Eb is the very first Chopin piece I ever learned. I have gotten to rhythmic precision with this, even in the sections with polyrhythms just by playing it frequently. Piano ...
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Can legato notes be played staccato?

I've been working on this piece by Sousa, and I came across this oddity: Does this mean to play these notes somehow legato and staccato at the same time? If so, how would I play it? If not, what does ...
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How to get good legato from a choir sample library?

Recently, I have bought a choir sample library from a major manufacturer. The samples themselves are top-notch, the dynamic crossfading excellent. However, I'm a bit disappointed by the quality of the ...
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Legato & Fermata notation on tied notes

I would like to ask two quick things. If you notate a slur (legato, not a phrase slur) on a tied note, will this include the tie (1.1) or not (1.2)? If you notate a fermata on a tied note and want ...
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Should I learn the Octave Etude to prepare for the Appasionata Sonata?

One of the hardest Beethoven sonatas is his Appasionata Sonata. There is one technique that I know it has in common with Chopin's Octave Etude. That is legato octaves. Difference has to do with ...
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How to acheive this wide stretch legato?

I am learning Piano Sonata no. 1 in F minor by Beethoven. It looks way easier than the Pathetique Sonata and in a sense it is. But the ending of the exposition for my right hand is quite a stretch. ...
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Recommended Length of Legatos for Winds [closed]

Is there a general rule of thumb for how long to make legato passages for wind instruments? I imagine it would be different depending on the instrument itself as well as the dynamic level.
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What is the difference between legato and portamento?

On Wikipedia Legato means: [...] the player makes a transition from note to note with no intervening silence. [...] Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legato On Wikipedia Portamento means: [...]...
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Repeated legato notes too quiet in Sibelius using EastWest Hollywood Orchestra libraries

I’m trying out EastWest/Quantum Leap’s Hollywood Orchestra series for the first time, specifically the Strings, Brass and Woodwinds libraries (all Gold). I use them in Sibelius using these sound set ...
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Legato and staccato in Mozart?

I'm not sure what this means in Mozart's K 545 but it is that same movement in which the left hand is almost 100% Alberti bass, that is the second movement. I see twice a passage of 8 16th notes ...
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Why is alberti bass so tiring?

I am practicing the second movement of Mozart's K 545 sonata. I notice that Alberti Bass is very tiring. More so than other 16th note rhythms. So much so that I feel the burn in my left hand because ...
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Notes preceding slurs: legato or not?

In the few piano pieces I've learned, I've sometimes seen notation ambiguous to me whether or not to play the notes immediately preceding slurs as legato. For instance, the treble clef in bars 3 and ...
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How do I play this part in 'Peacherine rag'?

I'm trying to learn Peacherine rag, but I can't understand how to read this part: To be more precise, I want to understand: Why the first note on the bottom part has two legs? Why is it specified ...
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Is there a difference between a slur and legato?

Are legato and slur one and the same? If the two are different, how do I tell which the piece is using? I know the gist of them (as opposed to staccato) but I need to know the specifics. They are ...
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How do I play this part in 'Alouette'?

Is the slur telling me that I simply have to play it legato on all the notes on the treble clef and also when i transition from the C note to the G note (on the bass clef). Or is it telling me that I ...
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How do I play this slur in 'Cockles and Mussels'?

Do I simply play both hands legato? Does the slur mean that anything that falls beneath it for both hands are to be played legato? I thought I knew how legato worked, but I'm not sure anymore.
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What are Techniques for Ring finger and Pinky Finger

What are some techniques that you think i can use for the ring finger and pinky finger in sync? Im feeling difficulty when using the ring and pinky for hammering.. Im an intermediate guitar player.. ...
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How this legato is played in piano?

In this legato the first note is attached to the second note. And then the next legato starts from that same note. Are they supposed to play all connected? So why then not just putting one big legato? ...
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E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin

When I play a fast legato down-bow from the A string to the E string, then the E string remains silent. You can only hear a very faint and high-pitched noise. I tried all kind of adjustments: First, ...
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Is the note after a tied note in that same voice always legato?

Is the note following a tied note usually legato (for that same voice) in bach? this is the F♯ minor prelude from the wtc II BWV 883 for example measure 11 in the bass voice there is an F which ...
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Violin bowing techniques

Okay, so I was about to use a violin for my next composition but I would have plans on using pizzicato and legato. But is it possible for one to notate pizzicato in some parts and then notate legato ...
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Is there any difference between glissando and shift/legato slide in guitar?

I know the difference between legato and shift slide. but i don't know if: Is there any difference between glissando and shift/legato slide in guitar?
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Should I connect top melody of Moonlight Sonata 1st mvmt using my fingers?

I'm beginner piano player and start lerning 1st movement of Moonlight Sonata. I read many advices before and almost all recommend connect the top melody (ta ta-ta) notes with fingers, holding notes ...
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Vocal free-time song: legato question, and slur (“portamento” vs “glissando”) specific case

I am an absolute beginner to music theory, and I am starting to study some songs which are free time (ie no time signature). Looking at this score: tentatively transcribed from this tune: ...
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Legato right hand technique

What is the correct right hand technique to play legato when only the first note on each string is picked? I am most comfortable with down picking whether I go up or down the scale, but as I learned ...
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Where to start when learning legato?

I've been playing guitar for 5/6 years, and next year I'm hoping to play for an awesome Big Band, who are auditioning soon for the guitar spot. I've seen big band guitarists before, and in their, ...