Slur (music)

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G run in G major variation[1] About this sound Play  contains slurs indicating both hammer-ons and a pull-off.
a slur

A slur is a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation, i.e. with legato articulation. A slur is denoted with a curved line generally placed over the notes if the stems point downward, and under them if the stems point upwards:

Slur example.

Performance[edit]

A slur can be extended over many notes, sometimes encompassing several bars. In extreme cases, composers are known to write slurs which are near-impossible to achieve; in that case the composer wishes to emphasise that the notes should be performed with as much legato as possible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Traum, Happy (1974). Bluegrass Guitar, p.25. ISBN 0-8256-0153-3.