The Gershwin Glissando

The ultimate agogic accent (accent by delay) is the opening of the Gershwi Rhapsody in Blue

Hi, I am 14 years old and just recently found your site. I’ve been looking
around for ways to learn how to do a better glissando. I need to be able
to do a gliss for the intro to Rhapsody in Blue. I can get a half decent
sound from G to high C, but F and below sounds like a drowning pig. How do
you sustain a glissando for however long people do in recordings? Thanks,
First thing. Get the pig out of the water.

Seriously, thank you for your note. Are you playing the Gershwin sometme soon? If not, let me tell you that the very best way is to start at the very beginning.
That is to say make sure you have a beautiful low g to begin and a nice intune high c to end.
Sounds too simple? It is not, believe me.
Then, what you do is to learn to play a chromatic scale totally evenly and cleanly between those two notes.
This is very important . Next, you will find that making a gliss from d to open g is rather simple, and you must practice those two notes and then making the gliss between. Then and finally, put it all together and depending upon where you are in your technical skill and your embouchure , you will get the correct result.
Listen carefully to good recordings of the piece. You will hear many
deviations from one to the other. Some principal clarinetists in orchestra prefer not to play the gliss and ask the second player to do it. Sometimes the Eb player will do it.But it can be done, with relative ease.
Please do not forget to get the pig out of the water prior to starting your
Good luck, glub glub.



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