So, what’s the difference?
A slur connects two or more different notes together using a curved line.
This means we are to play or sing the notes very smoothly (or legato) with no break in the sound. There should be no silence in between the notes.
Only the first note of a slur grouping should be tongued.
Slurred notes should be played with one bow.
Lift the hands at the end of each slur.
A tie joins two or more notes of the same pitch together using a curved line.
The note values of the two tied notes are added together. Only the first note is played or sung and then held for the total length of time indicated.
Put It Into Practice
We would count it “1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4”.
Any time notes are tied over the bar line, you need to restart your counting with the number “1” in order to stay organized and keep track of where you are at in the music.
What Do You Think?
Are you able to see the difference between slurs and ties now? It can be tricky at first, but review this lesson as many times as you need until you feel like you’ve really got it down.
When you’re ready, let’s move on to discuss repeat signs…