Boogie Woogie: Glissando

A glissando, also called a gliss, is when you sweep through a whole bunch of notes like one big schmear. You can gliss both up and down the keyboard. The key to success is to have a starting place that fits the flow of the music and a target note that you plan to hit when you are done glissing. With a little practice, you will be able to adjust your starting point and speed to hit that target note right in rhythm.

Gliss Up

If the piano action is heavy, use the back of your middle and index finger on the fingernail. If the piano action is light, you can also use the palm of your hand on the thumb pad.

Gliss Down

If the piano action is heavy, use the back of your thumb on the fingernail so you don't tear up your fingers. If the action is light, you can also use the side of your index and middle fingers.

Gliss Up and Down

Why not gliss in both directions?