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There is a line in the article which states that it is difficult to distinguish between legato and sweep picking. However its may be noted that legato usually involves notes on the same string whereas sweep picking usually involves notes on succesive strings, in order to use the sweeping motion of the right hand. Could someone add this in ? or else I shall, in case no one has an objection to this. Vijeth 13:54, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Defined in terms of a sound envelope?Edit

For those of us who are a little hard of hearing, musical terms like legato or staccato are sometimes much better understood when defined in terms of a confluence of sound envelopes, where notes in a series, having a noteworthy attack, decay, sustain and release follow one another, but the volume of the very first note in the series, having reached its maximum value, is not allowed to fall to a level lower than the average volume of the rest of the notes in the series, but intead is sustained at a particular volume level, joining with the notes that follow it? (talk) 05:30, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Not being a musician, I am having a bit of a hard time understanding the main article. The main article would be more understandable if it defined legato in terms of the sound envelopes of the notes entertained. (talk) 05:30, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Come on...Edit

Some guitarists widely noted for their skill with legato include Tony MacAlpine, Shawn Lane, Greg Howe, Paul Gilbert, 
Richie Kotzen, Trace Bundy, Joe Stump, Jimi Hendrix, George Lynch, Allan Holdsworth, Randy Rhoads, Marty Friedman, 
Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Angelo Batio, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Buckethead, Dave  Murray, 
Adrian Smith, Steve Vai, Mark Tremonti, Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammet, Chris Poland, Dimebag Darrell, Brett Eriksen, 
Michael Romeo.

This list needs to be either shortened significantly or removed altogether. ɹouuoɔ (ʞןɐʇ) 20:58, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Removed. Non-encyclopedic. I removed before seeing that someone had made this request! Timneu22 (talk) 15:37, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Additional citationsEdit

Why and where does this article need additional citations for verification? What references does it need and how should they be added? Hyacinth (talk) 23:45, 4 November 2011 (UTC)


I don't know how to do those "by whom" notations I see in Wikipedia articles. '(sometimes referred to as "portato")'. By whom? Ira Gershwin? His brother always said "porTAYto". When you play portato in a swing beat, it's called "hot portato". Before the piece begins the conductor gives the beat as one-portato, two-portato, three-portato ... 2604:2000:C682:2D00:5AC:6FE2:996A:CDE (talk) 19:37, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Christopher L. Simpson

Merger proposalEdit

I propose merging Slur (music) into Legato. The topics are essentially the same. Please discuss here. —Anomalocaris (talk) 19:10, 7 October 2021 (UTC)

This probably could be explained somewhere, but a slur and a legato are not essentially the same thing. Legato is a technique while a slur is a marking. On bowed stringed instruments for example a slur just means one bow stroke, that bow stroke can be legato or not. Upbow staccato, hooked bowing or even spiccato can be notated under a slur. Syphus (talk) 20:22, 31 January 2022 (UTC)
Closing, given the uncontested objection and no support, with stale discussion. Klbrain (talk) 14:25, 15 March 2022 (UTC)