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Articulation Marks

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Articulation marks are the symbols placed above or below the staff or above, below or around a note to indicate how that note should be played. The table below lists down the common articulation marks used in music.

Articulation Marks

Articulation Marks
Sign Definition
arpeggio a wavy vertical line next to a chord; it means to play the chord in succession quickly rather than simultaneously.
accent placed above or below the note; it means to emphasize the note
breath mark apostrophe placed above the staff; it means to take a breath
fermata often placed at the end of a music piece; it means that a note should be sustained longer than its value.
slur a curved line that connects two or more notes that have the same or different pitch
staccato dot placed above or below a note; it means to play it short
tenuto line placed above or below the note; it means to play the full value of the note
tie curved line that connects two notes of the same pitch
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