Staccato og legato

Playing staccato means to play the notes or chords in a quick shortly after each other, legato means the opposite. Between the two extremes, playing as short and separate notes as possible or as long and continuous tones as possible, of course you choose to play different variants of the half short and half long, etc. The accompaniment of "The Drunken Sailor 'is played staccato while the accompaniment of' We Shall Overcome 'is played legato.

The Drunken Sailor Staccato mark  


We Shall Overcome Legato mark Usually one does not indicate the legato with a sign, as it is often by nature understood to play legato, unless otherwise is indicated. This character is the mark of a Tenuto ('to hold'), which means that the note or chord must be kept throughout its rhythm value..