Play Legato on the Trumpet

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You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial series on how to play the trumpet. In the previous tutorial, we showed you how to stand correctly. In this video tutorial, we're going to teach you how to play legato on the trumpet.

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    A legato is essentially slurring in a passage instead of tonguing each note
    If you look at a legato passage, usually you will see a slightly curved line connecting the phrase.
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    For example, two measures with C, A, G, B, A, G, B, and C will be connected by a long curved line placed either above or below the passage that should be played legato
    You may also find the curved line over individual notes, which indicates that these notes should be slurred together.
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    Legato playing is continuous playing that is not interrupted by short, crisp staccato or tenuto or marcato notes
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    In this video, Haydn's "Trumpet Concerto" (second movement) will be played as an example of legato playing
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    In this piece, the notes and phrases are slurred together, and air is used instead of the tongue to help to prolong the passage
    At the beginning of each phrase, a light and beautiful tenuto tonguing is used, which sustains the whole passage. You do not want to use a staccato playing or short tonguing for these passages.
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