• Chris Caton-Greasley

Level 1: Staccato - Legato - Detaché

Updated: May 16, 2021

Staccato

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

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

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


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