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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.

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

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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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