Staccato (introduction)

Staccato has less energy and time in each note.

This is not a mental or theoretical concept - it is based on movement. Get up, find some space, and try moving in a crotchet (walking) rhythm, and then switching to a quaver (running) rhythm.

Stacatto articulation is equal to walking on tiptoes

You will quickly find that the quaver uses less space and less energy than the crotchet.

Rhythms in music are subject to mathematical and intellectual analysis, but they are fundamentally expressions of the different modes of bodily movement.

Staccato - on tiptoes