On the violin, you slide your fingers forward on a string (the D string as an example), and make a noise that sound something like this. What would be sheet music notation for writing that?

  • What I'm trying to do is called a Portamento. On sheet music portamento would look like this: ![Portamento](i.sstatic.net/fTVn8.png) This portamento indicates sliding fingers from G (On the E string) down to E (Open E string)
    – xilpex
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 22:53
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    Xilpex - please stop deleting your questions just because you get a downvote. You are likely to trigger automated question bans if you do this.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 19:52
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    @DoktorMayhem I'm so sorry... I didn't know.
    – xilpex
    Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 20:15
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    @Xilpex Generally, we reserve deletion for more extreme circumstances, never simply because of downvotes. I like this question (though it's been asked before); I think it belongs on this site. Also, the system itself records self-deleted posts for this very reason, as User Doktor Mayhem has noted. I try never to delete my own posts unless I did something egregious like posting on the wrong site by mistake. The moderation/review queues will handle most minor issues.
    – user45266
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 16:43
  • Actually thia is not really a duplicate question, because the other question is about the difference between portamento and glissando while singing. But this question is about how to notate a glissando in sheet music for violin. Commented Feb 8, 2021 at 19:56

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Sliding the fingers is called 'portamento' and the notation looks like this: enter image description here

A glissando is similar but notated with a wavy line. The differences are discussed in this question: What is the difference between portamento and glissando? (the answer with the most upvotes is good, not the accepted one).

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