portamento definition

  • noun:
    • A smooth uninterrupted glide in driving from a single tone to another, especially using the vocals or a bowed stringed instrument.
    • A smooth, gliding transition from a single note to some other; utilized specially with stringed instruments, and sometimes on metal.
    • In performing, or in using the bow, a gradual carrying or lifting of this sound or noise really smoothly from one note to another; a gliding from tone to tone.
    • In music for the voice or a guitar of the viol household, a gradual modification or gliding in one pitch or tone to some other without break or perceptible step.

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