I recently learnt that there are several different ways of doing a glissando on the violin; but I'm still pretty hazy as to what those ways might be. Is anybody able to give a list that explains them?
Apart from the full length slides as in Mahler's adagio movements, or in "gypsy" imitations, I find two sorts of "halfway" glissando:
There is also a sort of "chromatic" slide, where the slide is combined with heavy vibrato motion, hopefully sounding like a series of semitones.
Hi Adrian, that's really helpful, thank you! Useful to hear about the chromatic slide too; I thought it was just really fast fingers...
There is a quick descending chromatic passage* in 1/16 notes in Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. It starts on the second A on the E-string and is impracticable for my wide fingers to play as separately fingered notes, so I use the 2nd finger on that A and slide down using that finger to the E below; bowing does the rest. I think I may be doing silent shifts because I'm nowhere near pressing down on the fingerboard.
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