Glissando

a glissando technique acquired many years ago from Russian and Greek pianists :

  • with either hand firmly clenched, place four well-rounded fingers with all four nails evenly touching the white keys
  • run either hand up and down the keyboard over 2 or 3 octaves silently
  • repeat this noiseless glissando, depressing the lowest (ascending) or highest (descending) notes thus achieving a painless pianissimo glissando
  • the deeper the pressure the greater the dynamic
  • this can also work with the black keys
  • and at any tempo
  • some situations improve by performing the first and/or last glissando note with the other hand
  • once mastered, to protect one’s nails, it is prudent to mainly mime in rehearsal 

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