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This is an exquisitely beautiful piece; Satie probably wins the prize for millihelens per note. Anyway, I don't have a grand and can't practice the middle pedal, but it only sustains the single bass note, whereas if you hold down the right pedal through each bar, all of the harmonics of that bass note will sound sympathetically through the whole piano, ...


You just play all the notes at the right time and do what pianists call "legato pedalling". Ask one to show you. Much easier to demonstrate than describe. Any recording of Gymnopedie will show you what the result sounds like.

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