The Right Use of Pedals

Piano pedals are foot-operated levers at the base of a piano which change the instrument’s sound in various ways. They are very helpful for they add emotions and feelings to the song that you are playing.

Pianists like us usually use the Damper Pedal. It lifts the dampers from all keys, sustaining all played notes. We also use the Sostuneto Pedal in applying mp, p,pp,ppp, fp and sfp dynamics. While the Una Corda Pedal softens the note and changes the tone.

Always release and hit the Damper Pedal when:

1. The notes, if pressed sound too messy.

2. Some notes cannot be heard.

3. If the chord changes.

4. When playing notes with staccato.

5. When you see rests. Some songs need a sudden “cut,” and a sudden”play.”

Reminders:

1. The Damper Pedal is pressed by the right foot.

2. The Sostuneto Pedal is pressed by the right foot.

3. The Una Corda Pedal is pressed by the left foot.

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