Glissando

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Definition

Sliding from one note to another, taking in all the notes in between where possible. Some instruments can play a very smooth glissando, e.g. violin or trombone.

How to notate a glissando
Alternative method of notating a glissando


Examples


See a piano glissando here.


How to play a glissando on a harp.


Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' has a famous clarinet glissando near the start.

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