#1
So I played saxophone in a school band for four or so years before picking up the electric guitar. I learned most of the musical terms. I was taught that staccato meant short and pointed, and legato meant long and smooth. After I started playing electric guitar though, I saw that people reffered to slurs (hammer-ons/pull offs) as legato. Of course, slurs are one way of playing legato, but you can also play legato and pick every note, correct?
#2
Yes.
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#3
you are correct.

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#4
The smooth part makes pretty simple sense. It sounds alot smoother when you can slide and hammer on and pull off rather than picking every note.
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#5
Yeah, I always wondered about it to. The thing with hammerons and pulloffs is that unless you are horribly violent with them, they always sound smooth and flowing, as opposed to picking, which usually does not.
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Yeah, I always wondered about it to. The thing with hammerons and pulloffs is that unless you are horribly violent with them, they always sound smooth and flowing, as opposed to picking, which usually does not.

right, i agree. I still don't understand how legato came to mean slur though. As you said, all slurs (if done right) as legato, but not all legato are slurs.
#7
Guitar forums aren't exactly strict about music terminology.
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right, i agree. I still don't understand how legato came to mean slur though. As you said, all slurs (if done right) as legato, but not all legato are slurs.

It doesn't imply slur, though. Rather, it means that there isn't any pronunciation for all of the individual notes, rather it flows together.
#9
Technically it isn't, but the guitar has certain techniques that are used to achieve legato.
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#10
In musical notation the Italian word legato (literally meaning "tied together") indicates that musical notes are played smoothly.


The way i see it, whatever you can do to achieve that effect is, in fact, legato.
#11
I love all the misnomers in guitar, like the name tremolo bar. It doesn't do make a tremolo effect, it does vibrato. And all the Fender vibro-whatever amps have tremolo, not vibrato.
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