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Hodges glissando


North Lancs
How did Johnny Hodges do that long,long glissando on Passion Flower ( and other recordings) ? I have tried for hour after hour and can't get anywhere near it. I once heard that Alan Barnes reckoned that it was impossible, but after all Hodges was only mortal; or was he.

Colin the Bear

Well-Known Member
Burnley bb9 9dn
Practice by playing tunes on just the mouthpiece. Dont try to bend the reed and keep your embouchure the same. It's all about oral cavity. I like to think of it as yawning into the saxophone.

Bobby G

Senior Member
Wonderful Welwyn Garden City, Herts
Alan Barnes is bluffing you (to put it politely), it is possible, I've heard him do it. Mind you, there's not a lot he can't do on an alto.
He is blowing with a relaxed embouchre at the start of the glissando, fingering the starting note then gradually sliding the fingers off slowly but also slightly tightening up the embouchre at the same time as he slides off the keys going up to the end note of the glissando...

to do this try taking 2 or 3 notes, say, G A and B. G then slowly move up to A but relaxing the embouchre and slowly sliding off the G key up to the A whilst tightening up the embouchre at the same time slowly til you can merge the the 2 notes seamlessly, try this SLOW and QUIETER at 1st.

2...repeat this using notes A to B til you can do the same as in point 1 above

3...then try the same technique as above but going from G up to B

have fun
if you need more in depth then PM me and i will maybe skype you so you can see face to face or i can put a sound clip together that you can work from.
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