Connected; tied; -- a term used when successive tones are to be produced in a closely connected, smoothly gliding manner. It is often indicated by a tie, thus ?, ?, or ?, ?, written over or under the notes to be so performed; -- opposed to staccato.
A series of notes that are closely bound together - as opposed to notes that are staccato, or, detached from one another. Example: Donizetti: Anna Bolena - the beginning of the aria "Al dolce guidami" from the Mad Scene (from the CD NC 070565-2) The context: Before her execution, Anna, in her mad state, mentally returns to her childhood and remembers her first love. Here Gruberova shows the flexibility of her legato: she varies the dynamic level totally to her command, drawing an ardent, sustained line that conveys the dream-like reverie in which Anna exists at that moment.
1. In this style of organ playing, the notes flow smoothly from one to the next. Sometimes there are breaks between notes for musical phrases or to accentuate a note but the overall effect is smooth when compared to the articulate playing of the Baroque. 2. Legato can also refer to the kind of technique needed to play the notes smoothly.
(leh-GAH-toe) A smooth and gliding style of singing or playing, with no perceptible pause between notes. The opposite of legato is marcato (in a marked, punchy style) or even staccato (an even shorter, more aggressive style.)
In musical notation the Italian word legato (literally meaning "tied together") indicates that musical notes are played smoothly. That is, in transitioning from note to note, there should be no intervening silence. Legato technique is required for slurred performance, but unlike slurring (as that term is interpreted for some instruments), legato does not forbid rearticulation.
Is obtained on the guitar by using strictly hammer-ons and pull-offs. Some of the legato examples on freelicks.net are played purely with hammer-ons (hit the strings really hard!), this is a technique favoured by legato player Allan Holdsworth.