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I have a number of pieces that feature the following articulation symbols (highlighted in red; last bar of Andy Firth's "The Bullfrog Bounce"):

Articulation example

I've asked my teacher how to play them, but his explanations were very vague. Since I do not know even what they're called, it is impossible for me to find any materials. The articles I've discovered do not feature either symbol.

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(Italian "martellato") is a symbol used to denote a strong accent, usually a rhythmic thrust followed by a decay of the sound. > (Italian "marcato") is a "lighter" version of the same accent. In jazz scores, like the one in the question, it usually also means that the note is supposed to be played for approximately ​2⁄3 of its normal duration.

With the saxophone, the effect can be achieved by adjusting the embouchure or introducing a drop in the jaw.

I'd like to thank Your Uncle Bob and replete for providing the links explaining those symbols.

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    Be aware that some people call the ^ a marcato, and > an accent. Just to make life confusing. – endorph Mar 12 at 7:28
  • @endorph, thank you. It made the Wikipedia article more confusing indeed. – Pyromonk Mar 12 at 7:29
  • it doesn't matter how you call it, the meaning and interpretation is correct. There are lots of different spellings by different languages and in other countries or other styles. – Albrecht Hügli Mar 12 at 9:33
  • Dolmetsch has pretty good page on accents: dolmetsch.com/musictheory21.htm#accent – Tom Serb Mar 12 at 10:16
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    @Albrecht_Hügli it will matter the first time someone says "play that with an accent" and the OP only knows it as a marcato. So, I think it's a valid point. – b3ko Mar 12 at 11:37

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