Robert Estrin - piano expert

How to play glissandos on the piano

Step-by-step instructions to master a very important playing technique

In this video, Robert gives you a step-by-step approach to study and master the technique of the 'glissando' without too much hassle and effort.

Released on October 2, 2013

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Michael Cohen * VSM MEMBER * on December 22, 2021 @6:30 pm PST
Thank you for the tips on how not to hurt our tips - And here’s the video with Chico Marx doing glissandos. https://youtu.be/jkCiRSDPIzk
Ken Cory * VSM MEMBER * on December 22, 2021 @3:45 pm PST
The great jazz pianist Robi Botos plays a kind of double glissando where the thumb plays the gliss on the white keys, while the edge of the index finger plays the gliss on the fronts of the black keys. I only ever saw Robi do this in the downward direction.
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Robert - host, on December 23, 2021 @10:17 am PST
That sounds painful! I would love to see that in action.
chelsi on November 14, 2013 @5:11 am PST
how do we perform a glissando if we're doing it from a higher register to a lower register?
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Robert Estrin - host, on November 14, 2013 @11:27 am PST
You can use your fingers or your thumb depending upon context. If you look closely in the video this is mentioned.
RUHİ ÖZKAN on November 14, 2013 @12:27 am PST
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Michael on November 13, 2013 @10:25 am PST
Do you have any techniques for playing the piano at fast tempos? Generally, playing pieces that have many 8th, 16th or even smaller note values in them, that are played quickly.
Carole Lasser * VSM MEMBER * on November 13, 2013 @5:49 am PST
Excellent! No one every teaches it like that. I learned by trial and error.
Olga Rupping * VSM MEMBER * on November 13, 2013 @4:52 am PST
Wonderful....I had ceased trying because it was so painful on my knuckles. Afeter many years, and now watcvhing the performance, I decided to give it one more crack an it works ! !
Thanks a lot.....I thought I was done with learning!
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