Jazz trumpet notation - cross?

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  1. cantplaytrumpet

    cantplaytrumpet Pianissimo User

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    Hey all,

    Even though I play mainly classical, I've been looking at some jazz pieces mostly successfully but have gotten a little confused with some of the notation...

    Sometimes instead of having the 'dot' on the end of the beam (a standard note), the 'dot' is replaced with a cross (x) and I am wondering what it means.
    (Just to avoid further confusion, I am not on about the double-sharp sign.)

    Thank you very much. :-)
     
  2. BinaryHulledIon

    BinaryHulledIon Piano User

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    Percussion, like claps or snaps, or perhaps spoken words?
     
  3. -C-

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  4. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

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    Not sure if you mean on the note. X above sometimes means hand over bell, o for open. The wah effect.
     
  5. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

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    -C- Thanks for the reference chart. It was most helpful. Is there one for all the foreign language terms found in music also? Best wishes.
     
  6. flugelgirl

    flugelgirl Forte User

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    It's a ghost note. Suggestion of the pitch, not a clearly played note. Hard to describe, but if it's in a transcription and you listen to the recording, you'll get the idea.
     
  7. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    This site is an excellent source of all kinds of information: Dolmetsch Online - Home Page
     
  8. Dale Proctor

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    That's what I think it is, too. I've always "played" them with a click from the back of my throat.
     
  9. gmonady

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    It is a ghost note... an implied note... you have the option to let the note go... our try to graze it... And that's why God created the Martin Committee. I love grazing ghost notes and the Committee makes this an effortless task.
     
  10. gmonady

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    Oh my, my... we need to give you a jazz tutorial session... Take that x..x..x and that x..x..x.. now, go put some salve on those clap and snap marks I just put on your face.
     

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