#1
Is legato just abusing hammer-ons/pull-offs, slides, and bends so you can play fast without having to pick everything, like lots of Slash stuff? If not, what is it?
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#2
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. In standard notation legato is indicated either with the word legato itself, or by a curved line over or under the notes that are to be joined in one legato group. Legato, like staccato, is a kind of articulation.

and it varies from instrument to instrument how you would accomplish this sound, like you said, on guitar its hammerons/pullofs/(maybe slides and bends too)
#3
It's my understanding that legato is when one note kinda flows into the next. So, in other words it's a little like abusing hammer ons, pull offs and slides; however, abusing might not be the right word to use.
#4
Playin smoothly. hammer-ons, pull-offs. sounds better than playin each note, which sounds jagged and somewhat jumpy.
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#5
ok someone mentioned staccato. so what is that?
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#6
Legato is italian for smooth. The other guys pretty much explained it

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ok someone mentioned staccato. so what is that?


Staccato is italian for detached. It means that you instantly mute or stop the note after playing it. Opposite of letting it ring
#7
legato means smoothly, staccato detached. Note that staccato notes are not necessarily short; a good rule of thumb is to divide them in half (so play a staccato quarter as a precise eighth note - eighth rest). People tend to play staccato notes as if they were marcato (the hat - a sharply accented dat) which is incorrect.
#8
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legato means smoothly, staccato detached. Note that staccato notes are not necessarily short; a good rule of thumb is to divide them in half (so play a staccato quarter as a precise eighth note - eighth rest). People tend to play staccato notes as if they were marcato (the hat - a sharply accented dat) which is incorrect.


Marcato is still holding the note for its entire value