New answers tagged saxophone
My answer starts with (and assumes) the definition of glissando provided by @Wheat Williams And basically disagrees with the first (currently accepted) answer by @NReilingh NReilingh says: The playing technique for this kind of gliss on saxophone will involve a mixture of embouchure bend and fingering, and the emphasis should be on the embouchure. ...
To follow up Wheat's definition answer, here's how I would play this: When playing glisses on wind instruments, especially in a contemporary or jazz context, the change in pitch should be as continuous as possible. In contrast, a piano is only capable of playing absolutely defined pitches, so glisses all sound like a fast scale (chromatic or otherwise). ...
The first example is a glissando. Wikipedia defines this as "A continuous, unbroken glide from one note to the next that includes the pitches between." The second example is a fall-off, meaning to glissando downward in pitch to an unspecified point (you choose how far to go), possibly with a rapid decrescendo to silence.
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