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I've been hearing this lick everywhere recently, but i first heard it in Gordon Goodwin's jazz police, with Eric Marienthal on Alto.
I've been trying to figure out how to play this for a while, with little success. I thought it would be easy (it's just a trill right?) but i can't get it to sound anything like the recording.
How do I get that rapid trill effect?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fja37wEWYd8&list=RDfja37wEWYd8&start_radio=1&t=2
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That sound is accomplished by alternating between a note and it's 'false fingering'. That guy is a good player. Identify the note then play around until you find the fingering that will give you the alternate sound.
 

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It's not a trill. As 1saxman says, it's alternating quickly back and forth between a standard fingering and alternate fingering for the same note. The change in timbre is what produces the effect.

Try this: Finger and play an A, using the standard fingering: XXO/OOO

Now press down your right 3 fingers to play the alternate fingering: XXO/XXX

Now go back and forth quickly by lifting and depressing those 3 right hand fingers.
 

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Lester Young used a lot of false fingerings to good effect.

Some horns sound better to me with just the xxo/oxx or even xxo/oox, depending on the effect.
 

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My ear hears an interval of a minor third A to C on a tenor. Perhaps the C uses an altered fingering to give that muffled sound.
It's just a bubbled A then moving to a C. Without any extra false fingerings for the C.

I'd be willing to bet on that. The A has the glitz and then the next note he plays is just a normal C.
 

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It almost sounds like it starts on c-a-a-c-a-a-a-c (the a's alternating normal and alternate fingerings or "bubbled")
 

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It almost sounds like it starts on c-a-a-c-a-a-a-c (the a's alternating normal and alternate fingerings or "bubbled")
That's one I use a lot also (Hey Fader, I thought I invented it!!:)). Pretty common, actually and yet still very effective.

The other one I invented (yeah, right) alternates between C2 with the normal fingering (left hand, middle finger) and the C1 fingering (blowing the octave overtone), giving a very cool 'blues' effect. Even more common than the one with the A alternate fingering.

There are quite a few more. One of our forum members on here posted a clip showing a whole bunch of alternate fingerings. I don't remember who it was or where it was, but I'll look around when I get a chance.
 

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I’m going to go try that now :)
I got it from this tune.


Years ago I was like "I wish some day I'll be able to play this" now I play it every time I go out busking with my friend.

The first notes of this lick are octave bubble A to altissimo A with a cool walking bass line low C-C# and then up to altissimo C then down to low D to altissimo F# to octave C low D-Eb to altissimo A and F# to octave C. Actually that's basically the whole lick right there.
 

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I got it from this tune.


Years ago I was like "I wish some day I'll be able to play this" now I play it every time I go out busking with my friend.

The first notes of this lick are octave bubble A to altissimo A with a cool walking bass line low C-C# and then up to altissimo C then down to low D to altissimo F# to octave C low D-Eb to altissimo A and F# to octave C. Actually that's basically the whole lick right there.

Ok. So that’s not what I came up with at all. Sadly, this was much better.....thank you. At least tonight’s exercise is decided
 

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The first notes of this lick are octave bubble A to altissimo A with a cool walking bass line low C-C# and then up to altissimo C then down to low D to altissimo F# to octave C low D-Eb to altissimo A and F# to octave C. Actually that's basically the whole lick right there.
Yeah, but that's not the same thing as what the OP was asking about (which didn't include any jump up into the altissimo range):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fja3...rt_radio=1&t=2
(Skip to 1:45)
 
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