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The glissando symbol, by default, means a white-key gliss, regardless of key signature. There is a common piano technique by which you play a gliss with one hand and then strike the final note with the other. This has the added benefit of the final note being accented, which will also allow it to sustain more. Without any other contextual information being ...


Am I supposed to glissando on the white keys through A and then hit and hold the B flat at the end? I'm not a piano theory expert, but I would say yes. Performing the glissando across the white keys gives you a major scale (more or less); this is the "sound" I typically associate with a glissando in music. If you move across just the black keys, ...


An edition hosted on IMSLP here indicates that you should use 4-2 for the ascending glissandi, and 3-1 for the descending ones. I'm personally not a fan of the 3-1 fingering, because it's harder to rotate the hand so your nails impact the next key (Doing that makes glissandi hurt MUCH LESS on pianos with a stiff action). On the other hand, it does ...


Personally I choose to use my thumb nail (going down at least, sometimes a finger nail going up depending on what's easiest, but always the nail.) This hurts to start with, but before long you'll get used to it. The "down then up" Glissando in Rhapsody in Blue for instance I find easier with the thumb going down, and a finger on the way up - when it's just ...


FL studio's piano roll would let you create a portamento by using a "slide" note. It's been years since I've used the program, but I can't imagine that feature being taken out.


You may use the nail, but fingertips also work for a (downward) louder glissando.

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