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Level 1: Staccato - Legato - Detaché

Updated: Sep 30, 2023


Staccato is shown by a dot over or under the note on the opposite side to the stem. Staccato notes are often played at half their written value.

Staccato symbol


Legato is shown by a curved line above or below the notes on the opposite side to the stem. Legato notes are played with no gaps in between the notes. They are played in a smooth and connected manner; this is often called a slur.

Legato symbol


Detaché is often shown as a legato slur and staccato dots however sometimes it is shown with no symbol at all. The notes are a little more connected then legato and a little smoother than staccato,

Detaché symbol


Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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