Beginning of Chopin nocturne no.20: slur and tie confusion?



Asked by: Erin Johnson

Can you slur two notes of the same pitch?





You just can’t Slur two or more notes of the same pitch – but you may wish to play them this way as if they were Slurred (smoothly, if I wanted a better word :-).

How do you slur on the same note?

The difference is that a tie connects two of the same notes and only the first note is played. One two three four a slur however connects two different notes and both notes are played.

What grade is Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor No 20?

Nocturne in C sharp minor is one of Chopin’s more accessible pieces as well – it’s not his easiest, but it’s around an RCM grade 9/ABRSM 7 level (Henle level 5).

Why did Chopin write his nocturnes?

Nocturnes were brief piano works that were inspired by the night. It was Chopin who brought them to their Romantic fruition as a single-movement character piece for the piano. When it was transcribed for other instruments, the violinists brought nocturnes to their romantic highlight.

How do you tell a slur from a tie?





Both a slur and a tie is a curved line. When you see a curved line between two notes, check to see if the notes are of the same pitch or different pitches. If they are the same pitch, it’s a tie. If they are different pitches, it’s a slur.

Whats the difference between a slur and a tie?

A slur means the notes should be played as smoothly as possible, with no space in between. 1. On each line, write the number of counts each pair of tied notes would receive. A tie is a curved line that connects two notes of the same pitch.

What does a tied note mean?

In music notation, a tie is a curved line connecting the heads of two notes of the same pitch, indicating that they are to be played as a single note with a duration equal to the sum of the individual notes’ values.

How do you play tied notes?

Through from the fourth beat in the first bar to the first beat in the second bar.

Is Legato the same as slur?

Legato is Italian for “tied together” and it is also referred to as a slur. This notation indicates that the musical notes are played or sung smoothly and are connected to each subsequent note without a gap or pause.



What is Chopin’s favorite piece?

Four Ballades (1836-42)



Almost every pianist has (or has had) them in his or her repertoire: No 1 in G minor (Chopin’s own favourite) and No 3 in A flat (which Sir Winston Churchill called “the rocking-horse piece” – he was particularly fond of it) are the most heard.

Why is it called a nocturne?

nocturne, (French: “Nocturnal”), in music, a composition inspired by, or evocative of, the night, and cultivated in the 19th century primarily as a character piece for piano.

How long does it take to learn Chopin nocturnes?

Re: Chopin – Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 No. 2 – How long did it take for YOU to learn it? About a month, but allow more time to get your interpretation right.



Do ties and slurs look the same?

The marking for ties and slurs is identical and often confuses students. The difference is a tie connects two notes of the same pitch (on the same line or space of the staff). A slur applies to two or more different notes and means the two different notes should be played legato.

Do you play both notes in a tie?

A tie tells you that the two notes are to be played as a single note for a duration that is equal to the sum of both notes. Said differently, a tie tells you to add the two notes’ value together, and hold for that many beats.

Do you play the second note of a tie?

The two together. So what's this confusion because it all seems pretty pretty simple well the confusion is this. And ties are a curved line that joins together notes of the same pitch.

What does a slur do to a series of notes?

A slur is a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation (that is, with legato articulation).



How many counts do tied notes receive?

Beat Duration



As already mentioned, tied notes add the value of the second note to the first note. For example, 2 quarter notes that are tied together will be held for 2 beats. Or, a half note and an eighth note tied together will be held for 2 1/2 beats.