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In musical notation legato indicates that musical notes are played smoothly. That is, in transitioning from note to note, there should be little to no silence between notes. Legato technique is required for slurred performance, but unlike slurring, legato does not forbid rearticulation. Music notation is a system of writing for music. ... Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound, though definitions vary. ... A slur is a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation. ...


In guitar playing legato usually refers to slurred notes, especially hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. An electric guitarist using legato technique will generally only pick notes when changing from a lower to a higher (pitch-wise) string. All other notes are played using the techniques mentioned. Many electric guitar virtuosos are well-versed in this technique, as it allows for incredibly rapid and also incredibly "clean" runs. Perhaps the most proficient player in this style is Allan Holdsworth. Other notable exponents of legato playing are Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Joe Satriani. A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... Hammer on is a stringed-instrument (usually electric guitar) playing technique performed by sharply bringing a fretting-hand finger down on the fingerboard behind a fret, causing a note to sound. ... A pull-off is a stringed-instrument playing technique performed (usually on an electric guitar) by pulling a fretting finger off the fingerboard. ... Allan Holdsworth (born August 6, 1946) is a British jazz guitarist and composer. ... Marty Friedman was the lead guitarist for the thrash metal band Megadeth for a period of almost twelve years (1988 to 2000). ... Steve Vai at G3 in Milan, Italy, June 2004 Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American guitarist, composer, and record producer, notable for having received a Grammy Award (along with nine nominations) and being cited as an influence by many guitarists from... John Petrucci performing live. ... Joe Satch Satriani (born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, New York and brought up in Carle Place, New York, USA) is an instrumental rock guitarist and teacher, and a recognized virtuoso of the rock guitar. ...


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Image File history File links Gnome-speakernotes. ... Image File history File links Bassoon-technical-articulations. ... A Fox Instruments bassoon. ... In musical notation, staccato indicates that notes are sounded in a detached and distinctly separate manner with their lengths shortened; that is, a short silence should be between the notes, without affecting the rhythm. ... Vibrato is a musical effect where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound. ... A slur is a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation. ...


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Video Example : Joe Becker guitar lesson from Chops From Hell : http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6908173742046253266&q=joe+becker


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Legato technique is required for slurred performance, but unlike slurring, legato does not forbid rearticulation.
In guitar playing legato usually refers to slurred notes, especially hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.
Other notable exponents of legato playing are Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Joe Satriani.
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