Segue

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In music, segue is a direction to the performer. It means continue (the next section) without a pause. It comes from the Italian 'it follows'.

For written music it therefore implies a transition from one section to the next without any break. In improvisation it is often used for transitions created as a part of the performance, leading from one area to another.

For example, in live performance the Grateful Dead would often splice together several songs, as part of their jamming style. A striking example occurs on the Live/Dead album, with the transition from St. Stephen to The Eleven requiring a seamless change of time signature.

In recorded music a segue is a seamless transition between one song and another, as for instance between the songs "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "With a Little Help from My Friends" on the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In television or radio news shows a segue is a method of smoothly transitioning from one topic to another. A segue allows the host to naturally proceed to another topic without jarring the audience. A good segue makes the subject change seem like a natural extension of the discussion.


When viewing a track listing or setlist a segue is often indicated by ->


The Segway HT, pronounced the same way, is a personal transporter.

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