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Lane Gray


From:
Topeka, KS
Post Posted 7 Aug 2017 2:09 pm     Reply with quote

Hitting a note flat, then pulling up to pitch, a la the Mills Brothers' common device.
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 7 Aug 2017 3:22 pm     Reply with quote

Glissando?
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Joseph Napolitano


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New Jersey, USA
Post Posted 7 Aug 2017 6:22 pm     Reply with quote

Me fixing a clam
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Brint Hannay


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Maryland, USA
Post Posted 7 Aug 2017 7:52 pm     Reply with quote

Joseph Napolitano wrote:
Me fixing a clam
Laughing

Three possibilities come to mind, depending on what the sound you're referring to is ( I'm not too familiar with the Mills Brothers): portamento, appoggiatura, or grace note.
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Guy Cundell


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More idle ramblings from South Australia
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 12:40 am     Reply with quote

Inflection
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Don R Brown


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Rochester, New York, USA
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 5:16 am     Reply with quote

It's either an Oooops or an Aw Chit, depending on whether I get away with it or not. Wink
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 5:39 am     Reply with quote

Barry is right - in reality it is a type of glissando. My score-writing software (Sibelius) calls it a "scoop". (Hitting a note true and then pulling it up is a "doit".)
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Brint Hannay


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Maryland, USA
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 6:09 am     Reply with quote

My trusty Schirmer Pocket Manual of Musical Terms says:

Scoop: Vocal tones are "scooped" when taken, instead of by a firm and just attack, by a rough portamento from a lower tone.
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Lane Gray


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Topeka, KS
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 6:21 am     Reply with quote

The scoop sounds good.
I tried to find a YouTube of the effect. They'd hit a half note a semitone flat, hold it around a dotted 8th note (a bit less than a quarter, anyway) then pull it up in time to hold it at pitch for almost a quarter note.
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Roy Carroll


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Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 9:42 am     Reply with quote

All the years I was in Smashville, all of the background singers called that a "pedal"
moving from a true note to a flat note and back to the true note.
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