Glissando with nail

Production

The nail of the finger is used to slide over the strings. Harpists normally use the thumb to slide upwards and the second finger to slide down. Three fingers can be used simultaneously on each hand to create multiple nail glissandi.

Glissando with nail.

Sound

The sound is sharper and more penetrating than a normal glissando.

Notation

When notating a nail glissando the nail symbol is added to normal glissando notation.

Range

The whole harp.