View Full Version : Ties vs Slurs

03-12-2004, 12:10 PM
When playing melody, and the tie is between 2 different notes, how do you play it?

Normally, if the tie was the same note, I'd just hold it the extra beat(s).

03-12-2004, 02:55 PM
Use some sort of legato technique, such as a slide, a hammer-on, or a pullof, depending on how you want it to sound and if you are ascending or descending chromatically.

The Bash
03-19-2004, 06:20 AM
Well, you can't actually tie two diffrent pitches together. (once you sound the second pitch your gonna kill the first one). If your referring to the little curve that you usually see used for a tie, but instead of being used to tie two exact same pitches together, it's used between two diffrent notes, then you gotta slur mark (same exact symbol). Which means you hammer on or pull off to that note (depending if it's higher or lower than the first pitch). And yes, you could slide into it without picking it if you'd like it to sound that way.

03-19-2004, 01:59 PM
Bash is right. It's your choice. It's an "articulation" mark, meaning a suggested way of sounding the note, in this case, smoothly. For guitar music, it really means "don't sound the second note with the pick". Slide it, hammer on, pull off, bend, tap with your right hand. Your call.

If you're trying to play like the original, their most likely intention is that you hammer-on to a higher note or pull-off to a lower one.