Lets begin with the basic articulation terms and styles. These are the most common symbols you will find.
- Staccato – a dot above the note means it should be detached (often, but not always, short)
- Slur – a curved line connects different pitches that are to be played smoothly (only tongue the first note of the slur, play all in one breath)
- Tie – a curved line that connects notes of the same pitch (don’t attack/rearticulate the second note)
- Tenuto – to hold, a line above or below the note (play the full value of the note)
- Accent – placed above or below the note, it tells us to emphasise the note
Guide to articulation on the flute