Pitch bend

• Feb 21, 2020 - 05:36

A. When applying 'bend' to a single note, what is the significance of the Length?
B. Is the minimum adjustment 1/4 tone? I don't know what kind of music this is meant for (oriental?),
but I can't see how the dissonance would be pleasing.
C. Why would you 'bend' a half or whole tone - instead of just changing the note?
D. The Guide does not mention any purpose for using this; the only purpose for bending,
in my experience (4-part harmony) would be for tuning a chord better, and that would only be
an adjustment of a few cycles (440 to 435) Is this not possible in MuseScore?


In reply to by gldodge

The answers are sort of wrapped up in the fact that this is meant to convey a bluesy sound. So, why do it? To sound bluesy. Playing a D instead of on your guitar is very different from playing a C then stretching the string gradually to raise the pitch to D. In theory you can bend any amount you want, but indeed, the symbol shows bends rounded off to 1/4 step increments. People don’t actually attempt to bend pitches with more precision than that. Not sure what you mean by “length” in this context.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

"Length" is one of the Bend settings; as I understand your answer that would mean the duration of the bending. --which leaves me with one other observation, if I am correct: Except for a 1/4 tone bend, the only difference in bend and a glissando would be that 'glisses' are used for longer 'stretches." No reply nec. unless I'm way off.

In reply to by gldodge

I am not seeing this "Length" setting, not sure where you are seeing it.

Bends and glissandos are physically dfifferent techniques. On guitar, a glissando from note to another means sliding your finger along the fretboard. Or, on a wind instrument, literally fingering the interim pitches. A bend on guitar is a matter of pulling the string without changing the fret. Or, on a wind instrument, adjusting your embouchure.

Bends and glissandos are also different in that the glissando is for connected two notes with a clear start and end point, bends are just something you do with a single note and it can go both up and down on the same note. For instance, a gliss from G to A lands on the A at exactly the moment it is notated. A whole step bend up from G lands on the A somewhere within that point but may never totally cleanly hit it.

So really, they are more different than similar.

In reply to by gldodge

Oh, so you don't mean a specific setting called length, you mean you are wondering what the documentation means when it refers to other things affecting length. Length in that context means the actual size of the symbol in the score, and it's also meant to imply something about how quick you actually bend the note when playing it.

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