Add Glissando playback style portamento

• Oct 5, 2016 - 16:09
Reported version
P2 - Medium
S5 - Suggestion
PR created

Some instruments (such as vocals) are able to perform a glissando as if it were a long pitchbend/slide between two notes.

Current workaround for playback purposes (using a hidden bend) only works for intervals of up to 3 tones and doesn't play well with tied notes ending with a glissando.


I was just about to suggest this exact feature again; I'm glad I came across this thread first. I like Jojo's idea of calling it "continuous" or Jeetee's "smooth," and I definitely can't wait for when (if) this gets implemented. The closest I've been able to get to a continuous glissando over a large range with multiple instruments (even trombones) is having them all leap by different intervals, forcing them to change notes at different times, creating a "mush" of changing notes. It sounds more or less continuous, but it also sounds like a mess.

I'd like to add my support for this feature - as a fretless bass player this would be useful for making transcriptions sound more faithful.

It needs to match the other options though. Which are "Chromatic", "White Keys", "Black Keys" and "Diatonic". So indeed maybe "Portamento" is a better fit than "Continuous", but maybe it needs a tooltp? (Internally the PR calls it portameto in many but not all places)
See further up, Continuous, smooth, slide were the terms discussed for this earlier.

Please! Please! I play trombone and am trying to arrange/compose pieces on Musescore for barbershop quartet as well. Portamenti are essential for both!

Workaround Yes No

I have seen people requesting the three usual types of glissando: pitch bend, chromatic, natural notes (or white keys)

Can I request for another type of glissando here? I feel that there should be an option for key-awared glissando.

For example: on a A major piece, you can play a F# to A downward glissando like this: F#, E, D, C#, B, A. They are basically the notes of the key.

Some wind musicians do that a lot, and I surprised that I don't see people mentioning about that.

Workaround No Yes

I believe diatonic glissando is available already
This issue here though is about portamento or continuous glissando