I’m trying to work out how to play a segment on Saxophone. The piece is Gerry Rafferty’s famous solo but I can’t remember what one detail is. It’s like a slur but only on one note.enter image description here

Trying to work out what this is and more importantly, how to play it.

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    It's not Gerry Rafferty's solo on 'Baker Street': the sax was played by Raphael Ravenscroft.
    – PiedPiper
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 9:04
  • At very least give Raphael Ravenscroft some credit..! And that bit wasn't even written by Rafferty.
    – Tim
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 10:58

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Here the sign means a lip-bend. That measure is played by playing the A and then re-articulating the note by dropping the pitch briefly and immediately coming back up to pitch. The effect sounds a bit like "wah-wah".
If you listen to Raphael Ravencroft's solo on the original recording of 'Baker Street' it's obvious.

In general the sign is used for a 'scoop': starting the note below pitch (as much as a semitone) and then coming up to pitch.


It's like if you were playing trombone, you'd deflect the slide slightly flat of the note, then bring it back.


These should be an instruction for a pitch bend. This site calls it Lip Bend.

Though I myself don't play wind instruments, my wife does and she says, that the note you encircled, is to be played in a way that it starts a little below from its denoted value. So if your note is an a you may begin from (e.g.) g# and end in a.

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