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LESSON TWO: ADVANCED STUDIES

Student NotesChanging volume (dynamics) is one way to create interest in a song. Another way to create interest is by changing the way each note is played. Look at the figure above. In the first measure, a dot is added over the top of an F note. This dot is called a "staccato" marking. This marks tells the player to strike the note sharply (very short and abruptly). In the middle measure there is a short line (dash) drawn over the top of an F note. It is the opposite of "staccato." This line is called a "legato" marking. This mark tells the player to give the note a dull strike and hold the note for its full value. In the last measure, there is an arrow-looking symbol drawn over the top of an F note. This symbol is called an "accent" mark (sforando accent). This mark tells the player to strike the note harder, not shorter or longer, just harder.


All of these marks are called "Articulation" marks. Someone may ask you to "articulate" a note using one of these methods described above. And, you will now have the knowledge to know what it is they are talking about.


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