Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1112066 - 01/17/09 01:43 PM quastion
erz Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 85
What does this very long slurs mean, for example "fur elise"


It means that I have to play it with pedal?

Top
(ads P/S)

Sauter Pianos

#1112067 - 01/17/09 02:24 PM Re: quastion
DragonPianoPlayer Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 2368
Loc: Denver, CO
erz,

It means that you play it legato.

Think of how you walk, you put one foot down and after it is in place, you lift up the other foot to move it forward. When you are playing legato, this is what your fingers are doing. The next note is being pressed down before you release the previous note.

Sometimes you play notes non-legato. This is where there is a very small break between one note and the next. You will often do this at the end of one phrase.

You can also play notes staccato or staccatissimo. Staccato (dots) would be played for about 1/2 the length of the note and the let up. Staccatissimo (small wedges or triangles pointing to the note) is about 1/4.

Another articulation form you will see is portato. This is where the notes are dotted as in staccato under a slur. Play the notes for about 3/4 (or just over) of the time.

You play all these this way before adding in the pedal. The damper pedal is more for effect instead of just holding the notes or letting you play legato when you cannot, because when you press the damper pedal, all the strings are allowed to vibrate in resonance with the strings you are playing. Pedal is usually indicated with a Ped (in script) to indicate to press the pedal, and a * to indicate to release it or using a line below the staves to indicate when you press and release. You also have to adjust your pedaling to the sound you are making, so it may not be exactly as written.

Rich
_________________________

Top
#1112068 - 01/17/09 04:42 PM Re: quastion
erz Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 85
What is portamento?

Top
#1112069 - 01/17/09 04:42 PM Re: quastion
erz Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 85
Thanks

What is portamento?

Top
#1112070 - 01/17/09 05:10 PM Re: quastion
DragonPianoPlayer Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 2368
Loc: Denver, CO
erz,

Sorry, I meant portato. That's what I get for going from memory.

Here is an image with legato, portato, staccato, and staccatissimo.


Portato means there is a small break between each note.

Rich
_________________________

Top
#1112071 - 01/18/09 04:26 PM Re: quastion
erz Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 85
Thanks!

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
Our latest Issue is available now...
Piano News - Interesting & Fun Piano Related Newsletter! (free)
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
70 registered (Art_Vandelay, accordeur, aesop, 21 invisible), 1232 Guests and 25 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75609 Members
42 Forums
156348 Topics
2296319 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Pianos in timber homes vs brick homes
by Jibbers
08/02/14 02:37 AM
Debussy's opinion of other composers
by phantomFive
08/02/14 12:37 AM
Ivory v. Plastic Questions
by Retsacnal
08/01/14 11:50 PM
The worst student in your studio
by Cardinal201
08/01/14 11:43 PM
Piano Movers
by DancerJ
08/01/14 11:16 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission