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Today I saw 1/1 and 1/2 written in one of my pieces beneath the pedal markings.

Picture of ambiguous notation

Do these have a meaning or is it a misprint?

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Can you add a picture? The 1/1 and 1/2 are referring to time signatures, right? – Shevliaskovic May 30 '14 at 8:17
Sorry about not having a picture, I'll try get one asp. They aren't time signatures as they weren't at the start. – EpicGuy May 30 '14 at 9:47
The time signature can change in the middle of the song – Shevliaskovic May 30 '14 at 9:50
@EpicGuy The much more relevant statement would have been "they aren't time signatures as they're written in small print directly below a pedal marking". – Kyle Strand May 30 '14 at 18:54
Also, what piece is this? I've never seen anything like it. – Kyle Strand May 30 '14 at 18:55
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It is a little hard to tell without seeing the music, but these are unlikely to be time-signatures and marcato markings. The "^" is probably a variable pedal mark, particularly if it is connected to the lines showing the pedal markings. This page shows how this is usually used, it

More accurately indicates the precise use of the sustain pedal. The extended lower line tells the player to keep the sustain pedal depressed for all notes below which it appears. The inverted "V" shape (∧) indicates the pedal is to be momentarily released, then depressed again.

This also explains the use of 1/1 and 1/2, indicating either full or half lifting of the pedal. As this page explains, you can have many "degrees of pedal, such as half, quarter or even eighth pedal."

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Ok thank you, half pedalling is weird to do though :) – EpicGuy May 30 '14 at 10:06
@EpicGuy Subtle and precise pedaling is one of the most important elements of piano mastery. – Kyle Strand May 30 '14 at 18:55

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